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

Swallow Evaluation for Tracheostomy Course
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Patients with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation are at high risk for dysphagia and aspiration.  Evidence-Based Swallowing Evaluation for Patients with Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation provides updated research on the complications of swallowing with this patient caseload.  We will compare 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 Modified Barium Swallow Study.  We will also discuss Covid-19 considerations for infection control, cuff deflation and speaking valves as well as preventing ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP). A bibliography will be provided. 

This is a 60 minute recorded webinar to view at your own pace.  


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


Nicole DePalma, MS, CCC-SLP is the owner of NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists, providing mobile Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing throughout the greater New York area.  NDoscopy partners with skilled nursing facilities, physician offices, home health and offers private evaluations.   She received her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University and her master’s degree at NY Medical College in Speech-Language Pathology. She has over 10 years of clinical experience working with patients with dysphagia including the medically complex such as those with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation.  Nicole provides consulting for developing and implementing new protocols, performance improvement strategies, and providing comprehensive education to clinical staff.  Prior to NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists, she was the Director of Speech-Language Pathology at Barlow Respiratory Hospital and Research Center in Los Angeles, CA and Director of Clinical Education at Passy-Muir, Inc.  As a current member of the Passy-Muir team, she presents courses on dysphagia and communication management at conferences and universities throughout the nation.  

Participants can receive a course completion certificate.  ASHA CEU reporting is not offered at this time.   Your participation can be counted toward ASHA’s 30-hour CMH requirement.  CMHs work just like CEUs except that we can’t report them to ASHA for you.  You will have to keep your certificate and submit a single form to ASHA at the end of the calendar year.  But you can still use CMHs for all 30 of your ASHA hours.  Please check with your state on whether CMHs can be used for your state requirements as well!  Learn more about ASHA CEUs and CMH on ASHA’s website.  

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds for self-study courses

Participants will have access to the course for one year following enrollment. 


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