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Fifteen-minute consultation: Emergency management of tracheostomy problems in children
  1. Elizabeth Ross,
  2. Kate Stephenson
  1. ENT Department, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Elizabeth Ross, ENT Department, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham B4 6NH, UK; elizabethross1{at}


It is vital for healthcare professionals to have a basic understanding of tracheostomy tubes, including their routine and emergency care. Children with tracheostomies can be encountered in all areas of paediatrics from the community to tertiary units; they can be more prone to respiratory infections and may have comorbidities that increase hospital attendance. Tracheostomy-related emergencies are associated with significant morbidity and potential mortality; however, the majority of tracheostomy-related complications are preventable.

  • ent
  • general paediatrics
  • medical education

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  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.