International Pediatric Otolaryngology Group (IPOG) survey: Efforts to avoid complications in home tracheostomy care

Christen Caloway, Karthik Balakrishnan, An Boudewyns, Kenny H. Chan, Alan Cheng, Sam J. Daniel, Pierre Fayoux, Noel Garabedian, Catherine Hart, Eric Moreddu, Harlan Muntz, Richard Nicollas, Roger Nuss, Seth Pransky, Reza Rahbar, John Russell, Mike Rutter, Douglas Sidell, Richard J. Smith, Marlene SomaJorge Spratley, Dana Thompson, Robert F. Ward, Karen Watters, Michelle Wyatt, George Zalzal, Christopher Hartnick*

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Objective: To provide guidance for home care tracheostomy management in the pediatric population. The mission of the IPOG is to develop expertise-based recommendations for the management of pediatric otolaryngologic disorders with the goal of improving patient care. Methods: Survey of expert opinion by the members of the International Pediatric Otolaryngology Group (IPOG). Results: Survey results provide guidance for caregiver teaching, the reuse of tracheostomies and suction catheters while inpatient and following discharge, acceptable sterilization practices for tracheostomies, tracheitis workup and management, and outpatient follow-up practices. Conclusion: This presentation of common home tracheostomy care practices are aimed at improving patient-centered care in the pediatric population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number110563
JournalInternational journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology
StatePublished - Feb 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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