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Tracheostomy tubes, speaking valves and ventilator basics will be provided (major emphasis on adults with inclusion of pediatric information). Clinical management of tracheostomy tubes by speech-language pathologists will be discussed. This course will focus on the current research and clinical application of findings related to benefits and contraindications of tracheostomy styles and sizes; speaking valve and swallowing; subglottic air pressure and swallow function; disordered breathing and effect on swallowing patterns; and anatomic and physiologic relationships between respiratory cycle and esophageal bolus clearance.
|This course is offered for .75 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area).
Full attendance is required. Partial Credit is not offered.