Decannulation Webinar: Evaluating and Treating the Upper Airway

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Decannulation Webinar: Evaluating and Treating the Upper Airway is a 3-hour advanced recorded webinar on determinants of decannulation.  The decannulation course is packed with research providing detailed information on secretion management, laryngeal sensation, and swallowing to help to determine safety of decannulation and expanding role of the speech-language pathologist.  Case study videos supplement the research to demonstrate patient readiness versus those who are not candidates for tracheostomy removal.  The course provides information on flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing and treatments to speed up the decannulation process.  The course will also provide a free multi-disciplinary decannulation sample protocol. This webinar is a guide to help decannulate patients quicker and safer. The course is for speech-language pathologists, physicians, nurses, respiratory care practitioners or any other clinician working with patients with tracheostomy. Available for ASHA CEUs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify at least 3 complications of prolonged cannulation
  • List 5 pre-requisites for decannulation
  • Describe 3 screening tools to use during FEES to help predict successful decannulation
  • Identify at least 5 treatment options to improve decannulation

Course presenter: Nicole DePalma, MS CCC-SLP

Nicole is the owner of NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists, the premier provider of mobile FEES (flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) 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, skilled nursing, physician offices and homes.  She is also a Clinical Consultant for Passy-Muir, Inc. and Tracheostomy Consultant.

Financial disclosures: Paid by Tracheostomy Education. Owner of NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists. Passy-Muir Consultant.

Non-financial disclosures: No relevant non-financial disclosures

Course Format: Video Powerpoint with author narration and video samples

Course access: Available to purchase individually or included with All Access Membership

In order to receive a certificate of completion, learners must:

  • Agree to our terms of use, including copyright.
  • Fully complete the course videos
  • Complete and pass a 10 question multiple choice quiz with a score of 80% or higher and complete and submit the course survey. If needed, learners may re-take the test in order to achieve a passing score.


Tracheostomy Education is committed to ensuring accessibility to the widest possible audience. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone. If you have questions, requests, or would like to report an accessibility-related issue, please email [email protected].  We will review your request and respond in a timely manner. Please note that it may take up to 14 days to make reasonable accommodations.

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Course Includes

  • 17 Modules
  • 3 Lessons
  • 2 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate

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