Respiratory Muscle Strength Training for Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation

Free respiratory muscle strength training protocol is included with the course. The purpose of respiratory muscle strength training is to promote strength of the inspiratory and expiratory muscles.  Respiratory muscle strength training has clinical benefits including: improved dyspnea, peak cough flow, laryngeal function, QOL, vent weaning, speech, voice and swallow performance.  These benefits can translate to patients with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation.

This webinar discusses information about how to perform respiratory muscle strength training on patients with tracheostomy or mechanical ventilation. It will provide helpful tips for decision making in using RMST for patients on mechanical ventilation or weaned to a tracheostomy tube.

The Respiratory Muscle Strength Training for Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation webinar provides techniques of using The Breather device directly connected to the tracheostomy tube. The recording will also provide information for use of The Breather through the mouthpiece by using a speaking valve, finger occlusion or cap. This course is available for 0.1 ASHA CEUs .

This is a 60 minute recorded webinar to view at your own pace.  View Time Ordered Agenda here.

Audience: Multidisciplinary. Speech-language pathologists, respiratory care practitioners, nurses, students, medical professions.

Disclosures: These presentations will focus primarily on The Breather and will include little to no information on other respiratory muscle strength trainers. This course came together thanks to funding from PN Medical.


Dr. Nina Bausek is a geneticist and chief scientist at PN Medical.

Financial disclosures: Nina Bausek, PhD, serves as self-employed Chief Scientist for PN Medical. 

Non-financial: No known nonfinancial dislosures.

Dr. Tom Berlin, DHsc, RRT is a Director of Pulmonary and Respiratory Care for AdventHealth Orlando

Financial disclosures: Tom Berlin serves as Executive Director, Respiratory Care for AdventHealth Central Florida. He also serves on the scientific advisory board for Convergent Engineering, and has consultant agreements with Athletic Heart Cardiac & Metabolic Testing, Stimdia, Inc., and Third Pole Therapeutics.

Non-financial: No known non-financial disclosures.

Nicole DePalma, MS CCC SLP is the owner of NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists, premier provider of mobile FEES in NY and NJ.

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

Non-financial disclosures: No known non-financial disclosures

Elizabeth Page, MA CCC-SLP is a Master Clinician at PN Medical

Financial Disclosure: Elizabeth Page is an employee of PN Medical, servicing as Master Clinician, a paid position.

Non-financial: No known non-financial disclosures.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify when it may be appropriate to implement respiratory muscle strength training with someone with a tracheostomy or mechanical ventilation
  • Describe the benefits of utilizing RMT with tracheostomy and weaning from mechanical ventilation
  • Identify the steps to use RMT for patients on and off mechanical ventilation
  • Identify the role of the interprofessional team in RMT with those impacted by tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation

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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  • 3 Modules
  • 2 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate

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