•This article has been double-blind peer reviewed
Patients who have a permanent tracheostomy have complex needs that require specialised care after they have been discharged from hospital
Everitt E (2016) Tracheostomy 3: care of patients with permanent tracheostomy. Nursing Times; 112: 21/22/23, 17-19.
The third article in our series on tracheostomy care discusses the care of patients with a permanent tracheostomy. While these patients make up a small proportion of all patients who have a tracheostomy inserted, they have complex needs. This means they require practitioners in both acute and community settings, who have time, support and competent tracheostomy-care skills, to achieve a successful discharge and ongoing management of their tracheostomy.