A/F.O.T.T.® | Tracheostomy Tubes


Five-day interprofessional course on the assessment and treatment of patients with a tracheostomy tube (not requiring ventilation) after acquired brain injury, based on the concept of Kay Coombes.


Target group

Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, registered nurses, doctors


Participation requirement

  • F.O.T.T.® Ground Course with subsequent six-month application of the concept and the creation of a video about one's own work with a patient. The e-learning module for the F.O.T.T.® Ground Course is recommended.
  • Basic skills in handling and transferring patients with typical neurological movement disorders.


Course leaders/Number of participants

2 F.O.T.T.® Senior Instructors or 1 F.O.T.T.® Senior Instructor and 1 F.O.T.T.® Instructor with 12 participants


Course aims and objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the impact of a tracheostomy tube on the functional interaction between breathing, swallowing sequence and protective mechanisms
  • The participant is familiar with a function- and activity-oriented therapy approach in the rehabilitation of tracheotomised patients
  • Understanding of the therapeutic approach to suctioning and uncuffing a tracheostomy tube
  • Change of focus from material to basic functions, leading to a reflected therapeutic and interprofessional approach


Course content

  • Typical problems of patients with tracheostomy tubes
  • Various types of tracheostomy tubes and their function from a therapeutic and nursing perspective
  • Key points of goal-oriented tracheostomy tube management
  • Supervised patient treatment in groups of three with video recording and -analysis
  • Nursing and medical aspects of tracheostoma care and tracheostomy tube weaning (tracheostoma closure)
  • Inclusion of a self-created video about the own work with F.O.T.T.®



  • Teaching theoretical knowledge, self-experience and practical work of the participants with each other under supervision of the course instructor
  • Assessment and treatment of patients by the course participants, under supervision of the course leader and subsequent video analysis


There are currently no English-language offers of this course. At the moment, this course is only available in German language from organisers in Germany and/or Switzerland. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in such a course.


FOrmaTT GmbH
Igelweg 1
D-29640 Schneverdingen

+49 (0) 5193 982 7453
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Legal Notice
Privacy Policy