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For around 20 years, the Trust has had a support group for neck breather patients, where patients meet up on a regular basis in a safe environment to offer support to each other by sharing their stories and experiences. It also enables them to voice any concerns they have about being a neck breather. 

What we do

The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust has recognised that there was a need to raise awareness about neck breathers. For approx 20 years the Trust has had a support group for neck breather patients, where patients meet up on a regular basis in a safe environment to offer support to each other by sharing their stories and experiences. It also enables them to voice any concerns they have about being a neck breather. Through this support group and listening to the patients stories and concerns the Trust became aware there was a need to raise more awareness about the care of neck breathers. As a Trust we have:

  • Now improved our CPR guidelines to include in all our CPR training sessions, instructions on how to resuscitate neck breathers as well as nose and mouth breathers.
  • Ensured appropriate oxygen masks (paediatric) are on ALL crash trollies throughout the Trust, not just in emergency areas or head and neck clinics.
  • Produced a ‘Raising Awareness’ DVD and training pack, which is appropriate for both clinical and non clinical staff.
  • Established links with Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who are trialing the above DVD and training pack.
  • Set up a block of ‘Awareness Sessions’ for both clinical and non clinical staff.
  • Arranged an Awareness session for local ‘blue light’ emergency services.

By raising awareness patient’s confidence will be greatly improved along with the confidence in all staff involved in their care. Raising awareness will also promote the professionalism, expertise and caring attitude of all staff dealing with neck breathers.

Raising Awareness information

The Raising Awareness training pack and DVD can be access by contacting the staff.