Management of Tracheostomies Across the Continuum of Care

This course provides clinicians with the information they need to safely manage patients with tracheostomies no matter where they are cared for: from intensive care to acute care, to rehab or long-term care, and to the home environment. Numerous clinicians care for a patient with a tracheostomy, and they each offer their own special brand of expertise. Therefore, we offer different tracks targeted to each discipline so that learning is specific to your needs and expertise.

The purpose of this program is to provide staff with vital knowledge to properly assess patients, recognize potential problems, and effectively manage emergencies if they occur. Each track identifies certain “red flags” that can alert the clinician to a potential problem—and provides appropriate actions to effectively manage the patient.

This program has tracks for nurses, respiratory therapists, allied health therapists (physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists), patient care technicians, and physicians and advanced practice providers.

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LOCATION: Online - Right at home!

AUDIENCE: Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists Physicians, Respiratory Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologist

LEARNER OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

    • Identify evidence-based recommendations for care of the tracheostomy patient.
    • List at least 3 potential red flags to prevent and manage tracheostomy emergencies.



    Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

    This CNE is being offered for 2.75 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

    Occupational Therapy

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 4325. This distance learning independent program is offered at 0.1 CEU [Introductory/Professional Issues]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

    Physical Therapy

    This 1.0 hour webinar has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.0 contact hour. Approval #216-000069. 

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.0 self-study.

    The following states require continuing education units with no state specific approval: CT, IA, and WA.


    The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago DBA Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago DBA Shirley Ryan AbilityLab designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Speech-Language Pathology


    To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported. High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 

    Additional requirements include:

    • Web browser: latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
    • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
    • Speaker or headset to listen to recorded audio files
    • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by email or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


      Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Physicians Speech Language Pathologists Respiratory Therapists Online Learning