In-Person Tracheostomy Trainings

Tracheostomy and Ventilator In-Person MasterClass
Upcoming Dates:
Saturday, February 24,2024 in NYC:
sold out!

Improve patient safety and care, advance your career, and earn CEUs with in-person trainings! 

For Speech-Language Pathologists, Nursing, and Respiratory Therapists

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About the Program

 The Tracheostomy and Ventilator In-Person MasterClass is designed to help you improve your assessment and treatments for patients with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation.  This is a unique hands on learning experience! 

Learn about anatomy/physiology, indications for trachs, different types of tracheostomy tubes and which one is a best for your patient, how to deflate the cuff, patient candidacy, how to place speaking valves, how mechanical ventilation works, performing a swallow evaluation for patients with tracheostomy, treatment options, decannulation, understanding equipment for these patients and much more!!

The course is for speech-language pathologists, physicians, nurses, respiratory care practitioners or any other clinician working with patients with tracheostomy.


Nicole DePalma

Your Instructor

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:  Nicole DePalma was paid by Tracheostomy Education for a speaker fee.  Owner of NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists. Passy-Muir Consultant.

Non-financial disclosures: No known non-financial disclosures

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Yelena Yadgarova

Your Instructor

Yelena Yadgarova is the director of respiratory at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center. She has 24 years of experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapists from acute inpatient to long term rehab. She is an expert in trach management, ventilator management and pulmonary hygiene therapies.  

Financial: Will receive a speaking fee from Tracheostomy Education. Receives a salary from Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center. 

Non-financial: No known non-financial disclosures. 

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Learning Outcomes: 

  • Identify the anatomy and physiological changes following a tracheostomy
  • Identify the components of a tracheostomy tube
  • Determine the most appropriate tracheostomy tube base on patient characteristics
  • List at least 5 complications of tracheostomy 
  •  Describe 3 different clinical roles of a tracheostomy team for effective collaboration
  • Identify at least 3 treatment strategies for swallowing for patients with tracheostomy
  • Perform tracheostomy cuff deflation, cuff inflation, assessment of cuff pressures, placement of speaking valves for ventilated and non-ventilated patients
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Course Agenda:

8:00-8:45 Anatomy and Physiology, Tracheostomy vs Laryngectomy and Tracheostomy Tubes

8:45-9:15 Infection control, VAP, oral care, suction

9:15-10:00 Communication options and airway assessment

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:00 Swallowing Management and treatment

11:00-12:00 Hands on: Cuff management, suctioning, speaking valves non-vent simulations 

12:00-12:30 Lunch (provided by Tracheostomy Education)

12:30-1:15 Decannulation

1:15-2:15 Respiratory Therapist Role, Understanding Mechanical Ventilation, In-Line Speaking Valve Use

2:15-3:15 Hands On: Mechanical Ventilation and communication options for vent patients

3:15-3:45 Wrap up and Questions


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

  • Agree to our terms of use, including copyright.
  • Fully complete the entirety of the course, including hands on section. Participants who do not complete the entire course will not be granted credit. Partial credit is not available. 


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. 

For cancellation and refund policy please click here. If there are any complaints, please contact [email protected] within 14 days of completing the course.

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