Tracheostomy Communication Options: Mechanically Ventilated and Non-Ventilated Patients Webinar

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Verbal Communication Options for Patients with Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation Webinar is a 3.5 hour course that provides the available speech options including cuff deflation, fenestrated tracheostomy tubes, talking tracheostomy tubes (above the cuff ventilation), speech cannulas, and different types of speaking valves.  The course will provide suggestions for patient candidacy and how to implement each option into the care plan.  The learner will determine cuff deflation status for each approach and ways to assess for airway patency.  The learner will also be provided with techniques and ventilator manipulations to improve voicing and patient comfort.  There are videos with demonstrations of patients using communication methods to supplement the course.  There will be case studies to help determine the ideal option.  Free sample protocols are provided as well as a communication quick reference form. This course is available for 0.35 ASHA CEUs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • State 3 different types of speech options for patients with tracheostomy
  • Determine cuff status for 4 types of communication options
  • State at least 3 signs of poor airway patency
  • Determine at least 3 ways to troubleshoot impaired voicing with tracheostomy
  • Determine the most appropriate communication option based on patient characteristics

Course presenter: Nicole DePalma, MS CCC-SLP

Nicole is the owner of NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists, a mobile FEES (flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) company contracting with skilled nursing, acute care, long term acute and subacute facilities in the New York and New Jersey.  Her areas of expertise include dysphagia management and management of critically complex patients including tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation.  She is also a Clinical Consultant for Passy-Muir, Inc. providing education nationwide.

Disclosures: Financial: Ms. DePalma received payment for this course through Tracheostomy Education. Owner of NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists. Clinical consultant for Pasyy-Muir, Inc.

Nonfinancial: No known nonfinancial disclosures

Course Format: Video Powerpoint with author narration and video samples and readings

Course access: Available to purchase individually or included with Tracheostomy Education’s 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

  • 19 Modules
  • 6 Lessons
  • 2 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate

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