ABSTRACT: Nursing the artificial airway patient presents many challenges. This article covers identifying patients at risk from airway obstruction who may benefit from an artificial airway and outlines the key considerations of managing these patients, including types of tracheostomy tubes, stoma site care, airway hydration and airway suctioning. Finally, potential complications and their management are considered in order to maximise successful outcomes in these patients.


Helen Silver Dip AVN(Surg) Cert SAN RVN

Helen qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2000, went on to gain a Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition and then competed the RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2005. She is particularly interested in emergency and critical care and is currently studying for the Vets Now Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care. Having gained a wealth of experience in both first-opinion and referral nursing over the past 16 years, Helen now enjoys her position as a senior nurse at the Animal Health Trust. Email: helen.silver@aht.org.uk

Keywords: Clinical, Artificial airways, Complications 

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 31 (11) • November 2016 pp340-344

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