Swallowing Evaluation for Patients with Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation Course provides in-depth information about how to perform an initial swallow assessment for this patient population. Total course time is 1 hour 38 minutes. The course includes effects of tracheostomy on swallowing, research of cuff deflation and how/when to perform cuff deflation, explanation of common mechanical ventilation settings and mechanical ventilation considerations with swallowing, timing of swallow evaluation, Blue Dye testing information, and speaking valves. Instrumental swallow assessment comparison of modified barium swallow studies (MBS) and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) and the advantages and disadvantages. Ventilator associated-pneumonia factors is also included. Covid-19 considerations for patients with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation is also covered.
1.Learner will describe the normal breathing and swallowing relationship
2.List at least 5 complications of tracheostomy on swallowing
3. Describe the limitations of the modified evans blue dye test
4.Identify 3 benefits of instrumental swallowing assessments for patients with trach
5.List 5 ways to reduce the risk of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)
Course presenter: Nicole M. DePalma, MS CCC-SLP
Nicole is the owner of NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists, a mobile FEES (flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) company servicing New York and New Jersey. Her areas of expertise include dysphagia management and critically complex patients including tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation in a variety of settings including acute care, long term acute, subacute, and skilled nursing. She is also a Clinical Consultant for Passy-Muir, Inc.
Course Format: Video Powerpoint with author narration and video samples
Course access: Included with Membership
Disclosures: Financial: Paid by Tracheostomy Education
Non-financial: Passy-Muir Clinical Consultant
In order to receive a certificate of completion, learners must:
- Fully complete the course
- Earn a score of at least 80% on a brief multiple choice quiz and complete and submit the course survey.
If needed, learners may re-take the test in order to achieve a passing score.
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