A UK national service evaluation of mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients undergoing tracheostomy
The FSSA, working with BAOMS and ENT UK, has created this important national service evaluation of tracheostomy in COVID. You can enter records directly or from your REDCap log-in. We are hoping that OMFS will record all their COVID cases, so please assign a lead for your unit (and let us know who it is).
The CovidTrach project is looking into the management of Covid-19 patients who are ventilated and undergo elective tracheostomies. CovidTrach is interested in answering the following questions:
- Can the Standard UK intensive care practice for tracheostomy be translated to patients diagnosed with COVID-19 infection and undergoing mechanical ventilation?
- Are hospital departments able to implement and follow the ENT UK guidance regarding surgical tracheostomy in terms of timing, environment, technique and level of personal protective equipment (PPE)? Are those measures effective?
CovidTrach is a service evaluation that aims to assess the effects of tracheostomy in patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and mechanically ventilated.
Data will be related to UK intensive care data of all mechanically ventilated patients diagnosed with COVID-19 collated through the UK Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC)
What are the criteria to take part?
Setting: UK NHS hospitals where tracheotomies are performed on COVID patients
- Inclusion criteria: any patient diagnosed with COVID-19 and mechanically ventilated undergoing elective surgical or percutaneous tracheostomy; of any age and any gender.
- Exclusion criteria: COVID-19 patients undergoing an emergency tracheostomy.
How is data collected?
- Data are collected via on on-line survey completed by clinical teams caring for those patients
- When a covid ventilated patient undergoes tracheostomy, upon request from the care team, a survey link is sent to the clinician. This survey can be started there and then and subsequently revisited until completion.
- No patient identifiable information is collected. Because of that, local team will have to collect and keep the links between the patients identifiers and their database records.
How can my hospital get started?
The project is extremely low to zero risk. It is investigator-led, non-commercial and non-interventional.
To contribute to the online data collection, you must first secure appropriate approvals and senior surgeon leadership, according to local regulations.
When you are ready, contact the project manager and a link to an online survey will be sent to you.
Important documents / to download
- COVIDTrach Protocol
- COVIDTrach spreadsheet
- COVIDTrach CRF
- COVIDTrach Data entry Instructions
- COVIDTrach Poster
- COVIDTrach zip file