Multidisciplinary Tracheostomy Care: How Collaboratives Drive Quality Improvement

Joshua R. Bedwell, Vinciya Pandian, David W. Roberson, Brendan A. McGrath, Tanis S. Cameron, Michael J. Brenner

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There have been reports of successful quality-improvement initiatives surrounding tracheostomy care for more than a decade, but widespread adoption of best practices has not been universal. Five key drivers have been found to improve the quality of care for tracheostomy patients: multidisciplinary synchronous ward rounds, standardization of care protocols, appropriate interdisciplinary education and staff allocation, patient and family involvement, and use of data to drive improvement. The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative is a quality-improvement collaborative dedicated to improving the care of tracheostomy patients worldwide through communication, dissemination, and implementation of proven strategies based on these 5 key drivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-147
Number of pages13
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • Collaborative
  • Patient safety
  • Quality improvement
  • Tracheostomy
  • Tracheotomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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