04-18-2002, 11:11 PM
Luke went to the local ER because he has a cold and was destating. The local ER doctor and nurse looked at the trach like they had never seen one before. I had to explain even the simpilest trach care to them. They transfered him to a larger hospital by ambulance. Normally the parents don't ride in the ambulance but since the emts were clueless about trachs I had to. Our pediatrician had us direct admit to room and got there and you guessed it two more nurses clueless of trach care. The morning nurse fortunantley was very good with the trach. We left that afternoon with an Oxygen machine that our ent should have gotten us 7 months ago and the whole trip wouldn't have happened. Luke seems to be doing better now. My question is shouldn't doctors and nurses at least have knowledge of basic trach care? The ER doctor actually asked me, "Do you ever have to clean that out?" I just hope we don't have any real emergencies because we are an hour and half from our ent.