All Wales Pathway for Weaning COVID-19 patients with Tracheostomies – ICST

All Wales Pathway for Weaning COVID-19 patients with Tracheostomies

The management of tracheostomised patients with COVID-19, their transfer from ITU to a COVID-19 ward, their weaning from invasive ventilation and eventual decannulation of the tracheostomy should follow a structured approach. To help guide decision making, a guideline (linked below) has been put together which follows three main steps:

Step 1: Assessment

Identification of patients on the critical care unit who might be suitable to start the weaning process and transfer to a COVID-19 ward, including those who have resolution of their multi-organ failure, have tracheostomy in situ and are awake and alert.

Step 2: Weaning

The transfer to a COVID-19 ward and stepwise approach to weaning from mechanical ventilation.

Step 3: Decannulation

The decannulation of a tracheostomy, ongoing rehabilitation and hopeful discharge home.

There may be patients who struggle to progress through the weaning steps, or may not be decannulated, and these patients should have a bespoke plan for their hospital stay.

All Wales Pathway for Weaning COVID-19 patients with Tracheostomies

The management of tracheostomised patients with COVID-19, their transfer from ITU to a COVID-19 ward, their weaning from invasive ventilation and eventual decannulation of the tracheostomy should follow a structured approach. To help guide decision making, a guideline (linked below) has been put together which follows three main steps:

Step 1: Assessment

Identification of patients on the critical care unit who might be suitable to start the weaning process and transfer to a COVID-19 ward, including those who have resolution of their multi-organ failure, have tracheostomy in situ and are awake and alert.

Step 2: Weaning

The transfer to a COVID-19 ward and stepwise approach to weaning from mechanical ventilation.

Step 3: Decannulation

The decannulation of a tracheostomy, ongoing rehabilitation and hopeful discharge home.

There may be patients who struggle to progress through the weaning steps, or may not be decannulated, and these patients should have a bespoke plan for their hospital stay.

Assessing suitability for weaning

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All Wales Pathway for Weaning COVID-19 patients with Tracheostomies

The management of tracheostomised patients with COVID-19, their transfer from ITU to a COVID-19 ward, their weaning from invasive ventilation and eventual decannulation of the tracheostomy should follow a structured approach.

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