The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative was formed by Dr. David Roberson, at that time an ENT specialist at Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital, following work by many researchers demonstrating that tracheostomy and laryngectomy patients are at high risk for preventable adverse events – often with tragic outcomes.
Dr. Roberson invited specialists from multiple disciplines from around the world to a foundational meeting in Glasgow, Scotland in July 2012. This group’s support and enthusiasm led to the founding of the GTC. The GTC is a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, speech therapists and patients working together to disseminate best practices and improve outcomes around tracheostomy care worldwide.
By implementing five key drivers of improvement: Multidisciplinary trach teams, Standardization of care, Staff training and allocation, Patient and family involvement and Objective tracking of outcomes the GTC has demonstrated the astonishing results of 20% reduction in length of stay (p<.05), 20% reduction in major adverse events (p<.05), 40% reduction in average ICU cost per admission and 40% reduction in average cost of hospital care per admission.
The GTC currently has member hospitals in the U.S.A, U.K. and Australia. We would like to expand our member hospitals to underrepresented community hospitals and to hospitals in third world countries that otherwise would not be able to afford such quality initiatives.
You can help to sponsor a hospital membership by giving a donation to the GTC. Any amount is helpful! To support a hospital of your choice, the cost is $7,500 per year USD. By donating to the GTC, you can help save lives!
Testimonies: “Our affiliation with the GTC has allowed us to both learn from centers around the world as well as focus our own local efforts in improving trach care techniques and practices”. -Mark Volk, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
“Our GTC membership has resulted in high energy and engagement by patients, families and healthcare professionals, extensive data collection and research planning, and powerful partnerships with clinical experts and other teams”. -Tanis Cameron, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
“As the mother of a child with a long-term tracheostomy, I know how difficult and challenging tracheostomy care can be. I also know firsthand how care for our loved one with a trach, or yourself as an individual living with a tracheostomy, is all too often fragmented and disorganized, and how hard that is for patients and families. At Boston Children's Hospital, where my son receives his care and where I serve as a Patient Partner on the hospital Trach Team, I have witnessed the transformation and quality improvements made in tracheostomy care and services since becoming a GTC Member Hospital. This is why I am writing you, to ask that you consider supporting the GTC through a donation. With truly integrated care, as promoted by the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC), tracheostomy care can be improved, quality of life improved and lives can be saved.” -Erin Ward, former Chair of the GTC Patient and Family Committee
“After overcoming everything and getting better, I made a promise to myself to find ways to help others. Last year, I found the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative. They have allowed me to share my story, join a wonderful patient and family committee and in each committee meeting you can feel the passion the group has. I have also had the opportunity of writing my own update column in the GTC quarterly newsletters. Please donate at least $10 to the GTC to receive a thank you gift and a personal thank you note from me. Any amount given to the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative is very much appreciated! The funds will help support the families and patients of tracheostomy. They are an organization close to my heart. Before, I have felt alone because I felt like everyone didn’t understand. I always felt different. Now I am trying to embrace my special background of having had a tracheotomy with the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative.” Melissa Webb, GTC Patient and Family Committee member