Children with tracheostomies benefit

By: Matt Dragovits

Orlando, FL (July 5, 2007) – Late one night, after only one month of life, Elizabeth Dragovits had severe obstructive sleep apnea and nearly died in her father’s arms. Her underlying medical condition was unknown to her parents at the time. All they knew as they raced to the hospital was that her tiny body needed oxygen in order to survive.

The doctors performed a tracheostomy to maintain her airway. Her parents were terrified about what had happened and what the future might hold for their infant girl. But they learned a very important fact along the way; with proper instruction and dedication, a parent can rise above the stress, fear, and anxiety. The couple decided to turn their frightening experience into a positive one. As Executive Producers at Creative Force Video Productions Matt and Melanie Dragovits created the first comprehensive online video focusing on pediatric tracheostomy care.

“It is our hope, that by providing this educational resource to families facing tracheostomies that the fears and frustrations of parents will be diminished while their confidence in caring for their child is enhanced" said Mr. Dragovits, CEO at Creative Force.

Cynthia Bissell, RN is owner of Tracheostomy.com, the web’s leading destination for trach-related information. Together with Creative Force, Bissell is helping to raise awareness for this newly launched online resource.

“I am very excited that Matt and Melanie have made this excellent tracheostomy care video, titled "Breath of Life" and that it’s available to everyone online for free. If a picture speaks a thousand words, than a video can speak a million words. I know this video tutorial will be helpful not only to parents of children with tracheostomies, but to anyone involved in the care of children with tracheostomies, including nurses, respiratory therapists, and caregivers." stated Cynthia.

During the course of the half-hour program parents learn about the most critical topics related to daily tracheostomy care including suctioning, humidity, tracheostomy ties, cleaning the stoma, tracheostomy change, warning signs, travel kit, and other day to day tips. Timothy Myers, Director, Asthma & Diagnostic Centers & Pediatric Respiratory Care - University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital had the following to say.

“This video takes a very fundamental approach to tracheostomy care and management by the caregiver in the home setting. The detail and description is clinically accurate and up-to-date, yet very practical for the non-healthcare practitioner to provide this care accurately and safely. This video is of very high quality and very professional in its presentation, and I would recommend it as supplemental viewing (in addition to the professional instruction received) to families of children with tracheostomies that are being transitioned home. It would also serve as an excellent review for those families with children already in the home setting as it includes the “current concepts" of best practice for tracheostomy care and management."

For families and healthcare providers that wish to view “Breath of Life – A Caregiver’s Guide to Pediatric Tracheostomy Care" please visit: www.patienteducation.tv/trach_video.php

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