Your patient has had a tracheostomy placed. Which of the follow precautions is the priority at this time?

 

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- Swallowing precautions

- Neutropenic precautions

- Airborne precautions

- Suicide precautions

Rationale

Aspiraiton risk is elevatated after tracheostomy placement. Therefore, swallowing precautions are essential. Patients should be NPO after this procedure and have an evaluation from a speech therapist before oral intake. Most likely, they will have a PEG tube for enteral feedings. None of the information provided in the question would necessetate any other precautions.

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