Tracheostomy & Ventilator Course


Sheds light on the impact of respiratory disease and artificial airways on voice and swallowing function. A review of the dynamics relating to respiratory failure and the need for tracheostomy tube placement is provided.  Basic ventilator settings/modes and the related impact on spontaneous breathing ability are discussed.   Outline of restorative and rehabilitative communication and safe swallowing clinical techniques are provided.   Audio and video samples included in this course.  This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs.  (Introductory Level; Professional Area)


Time ordered agenda

20 minutes – respiratory basics
20 minutes – introduction to artificial airways
40 minutes – impact of artificial airway on voice and swallowing ability
40 minutes – diagnostic and treatment considerations

Learning Objectives

1) Define 3 different modes of mechanical ventilation and the related impact that they have on spontaneous breathing
2) Demonstrate understanding of 3 key principles (pressure, sensation and respiration) that have impact on functional voice and swallowing abilities
3) Identify the chief benefits of a dedicated “trach team” on weaning, decannulation and functional swallowing ability
4) Generate a plan of care for the tracheostomy/ventilator dependent patient with both short and long term goals
5) Describe optimal diagnostic models that would be employed with this population and elaborate on nuances of expected outcomes with each type of evaluation (FEES, MBS, Bedside)


Liza Blumenfeld
Financial:  Owner, Endo Education
Non-financial:  Nothing to disclose

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