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

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Evidence-Based 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 swallowing considerations with speaking valves.  Instrumental swallow assessment comparison of modified barium swallow studies (MBS) and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) and the advantages and disadvantages is also discussed.  Ventilator associated-pneumonia factors is also included.  This course also covers Covid-19 considerations for patients with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation.  Course is geared toward speech-language pathologists and is also available for nursing, respiratory therapists, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other clinicians working with patients with tracheostomy. This course is available for ASHA CEUS.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe normal versus abnormal swallowing
  • List at least 5 complications of tracheostomy on swallowing
  • Describe the limitations of the Modified Evans Blue Dye test
  • Identify at least 3 benefits of instrumental swallowing assessment for patients with tracheostomy
  • List at least 5 ways to reduce 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.

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 Tracheostomy Bootcamp

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

  • 14 Modules
  • 7 Lessons
  • 2 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate

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