Moving the GTC forward
When a hospital joins the GTC, they are encouraged to
develop a multidisciplinary tracheostomy team, conduct
weekly multidisciplinary rounds, develop or adopt tracheostomy care protocols, involve patients and families
in the care plan, and enter their hospital admission data
into the GTC database. The GTC began enrolling hospitals and collecting data in 2014, and many hospitals do
not yet have enough data to draw statistically significant
comparisons. Most member hospitals anecdotally report
improved care. Our most robust data to date comes from
a set of hospitals in Manchester, U.K., that demonstrated
a 20 percent reduction in length of stay and a statistically
significant reduction in major adverse events within 12
months of joining the GTC.
GTC membership includes community hospitals and
academic medical centers, as well as multiple freestanding
pediatric hospitals and hospitals that provide only adult
care or a mixture of adult and pediatric services. Because
of the inherent differences in pediatric and adult populations, the GTC does not compare pediatric and adult
outcomes in its reports.
In addition to promoting localized quality improvement strategies to enhance hospital-level tracheostomy
outcomes, the GTC hosts approximately six webinars
annually on all aspects of tracheostomy care.
The GTC also hosts regular international meetings on
tracheostomy care. The most recent meeting—the Third
International Tracheostomy Symposium in April 2016 at
Johns Hopkins University—drew more than 250 attendees
from around the world. The GTC will co-host the Fourth
International Tracheostomy Symposium, February 2–3,
2018, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical
The GTC welcomes inquiries from any interested hospital facility or system and from any surgeon who would
like to participate as an individual in one of the collaborative’s working groups. For more information, visit the
GTC website at
www.globaltrach.org or contact Dr. Roberson at firstname.lastname@example.org. ♦
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