This book serves as a comprehensive reference to enable management of the multitude of issues that arise with tracheostomy patients - from the surgical procedure, the perioperative period, during intensive care, to recovery and rehabilitation. This book is practical and readily useable by a number of health care professionals, including physicians (anesthesiologists, general surgeons, trauma surgeons, otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, emergency physicians, intensivists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and physiatrists) and nurses (APNs: NPs, CNS, nurse anesthetists, critical care nurses, medical-surgical nurses, rehabiltation nurses).
Linda L. Morris, PhD, APN, CCNS is the tracheostomy specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. She is the clinical nurse specialist for Respiratory Care and Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at Northwestern University. With many years experience in critical care, Dr. Morris has also held positions in clinical education and academia. Current research interests include outcomes of a new model for critical care orientation, quality of life and body image perception with tracheostomy patients, and the effect of an exercise program with newly tracheostomized patients.