Patients with Tracheostomy and Ventilator Dependence: SLP Assessment - SLPA0026

Patients with Tracheostomy and Ventilator Dependence: SLP Assessment

by Terry Eberly, Master of Arts, Speech-Language Pathology
(4.9 / 12 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Audiology/SLP (0.10 CEU)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


The effects of acute and chronic respiratory failure create a number of medically complex problems for patients. The life-saving processes for these patients include intubation, tracheostomy procedures, ventilator management, alternative nutrition, and medication management. The SLP has an integral role in the assessment and treatment of dysphagia and communication problems. The SLP is key in assessment and treatment of the patient's swallow function for protection of the airway, secretion management, and potential for PO intake. In addition, the SLP should have a thorough knowledge of the weaning process, tracheostomy types and sizes, and the correct use of speaking valves. The SLP's assesses and treats swallowing issues to facilitate successful liberation from the ventilator and provide the patient with alternative communication, assessment of vocal cord function, and the potential to use one-way speaking valves when they are liberated from the ventilator.


The goal of this educational activity is to inform speech-language pathologists about their role in assessment and intervention of dysphagia in patients who are ventilator-dependent. Readers will demonstrate their understanding by:
  • Describing the types and sizes of tracheostomy tubes.
  • Identifying dysphagia assessments and rationale for their use for patients with tracheostomies and ventilator dependence.
  • Defining the process of assessment of respiratory and vocal cord functions.

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for speech-language pathologists
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This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Terry Eberly, MA CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at Kindred Hospital, Denver, Colorado. Terry is a healthcare professional with over 34 years of experience as a clinical speech-language pathologist and over 20 years of experience working in medical settings with multidisciplinary teams in treating adult and pediatric patients with various communication and swallowing problems.
Disclosure: Ms. Terry Eberly has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that are related to this education activity.

Course Originally Released on: 9/6/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/6/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/30/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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MARY D - Gilbert, AZ  ·  Feb 18, 2020
Good basic information with regard to vent trach care
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Katherine T - Bahama, NC  ·  Dec 30, 2019
good if you have little trach experience
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Moses G - Tuson, AZ  ·  Nov 01, 2019
Great visualization of content........
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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00