Vent and Trach Certification
- 0Oct 16, '10 by Lovelydove LPNHello....Im a new grad LPN and im interested in getting certified for vent and trach care. I would like to do some private cases and I have no idea how to go about getting this training. We didnt touch on it that much in school. If anyone knows where in the rochester, NY area they offer this training id be greatful.
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- 0Oct 16, '10 by caliotter3Typically there is no "certification" in these areas. You get your proficiency from working with this on the job. Occasionally you can find an entity that offers classes and employers will accept a certificate that you have attended this training as evidence of "certification". Try doing an internet search for your area or call the various home health agencies to find out where they send their employees for training.
- 1Oct 19, '10 by liveyourlife747We never got certified, just trained. Each ventilator should have a manual that goes along with it that should be close to the vent. We learned trach care in school but did not get a lot of experience with them in clinicals. The parents and other nurses have taught me so much with trachs. I also have watched youtube videos for trach changes before i had seen a real one, just in case a trach would pop out on me. good luck!
- 0Oct 20, '10 by WI_home_RNIn Wisconsin, we MUST attend an 8 hour certification class to get paid by Medicaid to care for vent patients working private duty, or Nurses in Independent Practice. This certification must be renewed every two years. I believe the refresher class is only 6 hours long but i haven't had to refresh yet as i'm still under my initial certification.
Every State must be different.
- 1Oct 20, '10 by nursel56 GuideThat is interesting. There are differences from state to state and agency to agency. In California an unlicensed caregiver or family member has to go to training through MediCal (our MediCaid) but not LVNs or RNs.
I agree the manual for your patient's ventilator is a must - and I review it often. The home ventilators are incredibly reliable. Also keep the number for the RT if one is involved or the current help and support line for the company that makes your vent.
NRSKaren has posted some excellent sticky threads here in the Pulmonary Nursing forum of allnurses to get you started reading.
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