Senior Nursing Poster Session (Virtual)

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

2nd Student Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

2nd Student Major

Nursing

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Dr. Jessica Naber

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

To begin this project, we found that this specific facility did not have proper education given to parents about pediatric tracheostomies. Pediatric patients with tracheostomies are a very delicate population that requires extensive, round the clock care. We were able to establish a theoretical framework with Orem’s Self-Care theory that matched very well with our topic, and finally we were able to find research articles that looked at this patient population specifically. The need for a tracheostomy in pediatric patients can lead to extreme anxiety in patients and parents. Our recommendations for this facility would be to implement the “Trach Me Home” protocol, developed by the Children's National Medical Center, into their practices, as well as using a multidisciplinary approach to every pediatric tracheostomized patient. We believe that the implementation of these changes would lead to less patient and parent anxiety, as well as better patient outcomes and eventually the removal of the tracheostomy as soon as possible. There is currently no protocol implemented at this facility for a problem that is becoming more relevant as time goes on.

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Senior Nursing Poster Session

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Tracheostomy Education For Pediatric Patients and Parents

To begin this project, we found that this specific facility did not have proper education given to parents about pediatric tracheostomies. Pediatric patients with tracheostomies are a very delicate population that requires extensive, round the clock care. We were able to establish a theoretical framework with Orem’s Self-Care theory that matched very well with our topic, and finally we were able to find research articles that looked at this patient population specifically. The need for a tracheostomy in pediatric patients can lead to extreme anxiety in patients and parents. Our recommendations for this facility would be to implement the “Trach Me Home” protocol, developed by the Children's National Medical Center, into their practices, as well as using a multidisciplinary approach to every pediatric tracheostomized patient. We believe that the implementation of these changes would lead to less patient and parent anxiety, as well as better patient outcomes and eventually the removal of the tracheostomy as soon as possible. There is currently no protocol implemented at this facility for a problem that is becoming more relevant as time goes on.

 

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