Earlier this year, a report called “On the Right Trach” was published by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Death. It reported the results of a survey from over 200 hospitals into the treatment of laryngectomees and tracheostomees.
Amongst the findings were:
55% have no resuscitation policy for laryngectomees 64% have no policy for dealing with emergency presentation of laryngectomees in A&E departments 81% did not display bedhead signs for laryngectomees as recommended by the NPSA in 2010
Members of HNChelp will be exploring these issues at our November meeting when a representative of Healthwatch will be present.