Evidence-Based Swallowing Evaluation for Patients with Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation

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This course provides updated research on the complications of swallowing, tracheostomy cuff inflated versus deflated, and occlusion of the tracheostomy (digital occlusion, speaking valve, capping). The accuracy of the Modified Blue Evan’s assessment is reviewed and in-depth information on how to perform a swallowing evaluation for patients with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation including Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing and the Modifed Barium Swallow Study.

We will also discuss Covid-19 considerations as well as preventing ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP). A bibliography will be provided.

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