It is important to be able to evaluate patients, both those who are ventilated and who are spontaneously breathing, to determine the appropriateness of a speaking valve and conduct speaking valve trials. In this course, you will learn about the different types of speaking valves and when they are indicated, how to determine patient readiness, and how to work with the team, including the patient and caregivers, to perform speaking valve trials.
0.10 ASHA CEUs
Approved for 1.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: The Acute Tracheostomized Patient
Risk of Inability to Communicate
Risk of Dysphagia
Section 3: The Mechanics: Anatomy and The Speaking Valve
The Tracheostomy Tube
The Speaking Valve
Section 4: Speaking Valve Trial
Initial Considerations: Who is Appropriate?
Safety Precautions: Patient and Clinician
Preparation: Patient Education and Counseling
The Trial with Spontaneously Breathing Patient
The Trial with Mechanically Ventilated Patient
Section 5: Beyond the Trial
Unsuccessful Trial: Now What?
Successful Trial: Next Steps
Discharge Plan: Next Level of Care
Section 6: Conclusion
Karen is a Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 30 years’ experience in a variety of medical settings, including acute care, subacute care, skilled nursing, and home health. She received her B.A. in English and Developmental Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Rutgers. She currently resides in Santa Barbara, California and works in home health. When time allows, Karen enjoys teaching others by combining her clinical experience with her love for writing.Staff Writer: Wendy Phillips, PT, BSPT
Disclosure: Karen Eutsler Little, MSCCC-SLP. discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as Collecting Speaker's Fees Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in Biology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University. She has more than 25 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist in multiple care settings, including acute care, inpatient rehab, independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and outpatient orthopedics. Wendy has a strong manual therapy background and has completed additional training in McConnell taping, geriatric care, McKenzie MDT, Maitland Mobilizations for the joints and spine. She is most passionate about using her manual skills to improve mobility and reduce pain in individuals of all ages. As a Lead Physical Therapy writer for Relias, Wendy enjoys being able to combine her clinical knowledge with her interest in research and staying up-to-date with changes and advances in the field of rehabilitation. Disclosure: Wendy Phillips, PT, BSPT discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor
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