A Clinical Perspective on Treating Patients with Trachs & Vents

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Presenter: Kristen King, PhD, CCC-SLP
A clinical perspective for the speech language pathologist offering a multi modality approach to the introduction of evaluation and treatment methods for people with tracheostomies and or ventilators in hospital, clinical, and school settings. This workshop offers an overview of various types of trachs and speaking valves on the market today, including their primary differences and their impact on speech and swallowing. After a broad overview, audience members will be introduced to basic methods for evaluating and treating a person with a tracheostomy, both on and off a ventilator. Audience members will also receive information regarding various techniques for enhancing speech production in the patient population. Techniques discussed will be reinforced through the instructional methods of PowerPoint presentation, video clips, demonstration, and hands-on experience with trach components, cuff inflation deflation, and placement of speaking valves.  

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1.  Be able to identify various types of trachs and speaking valves, including the primary advantages and disadvantages 
  2.  Explain and demonstrate the difference between trachs with and without cuffs, including the impact on speech and swallowing
  3.  Verbalize the basic methods for evaluating speech and swallowing with trach patients, both with and without ventilators
About Kristen: Kristen King, PhD, CCC-SLP, joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee in August of 2008 where she is an assistant professor and Director of the Tennessee State Lead Center for Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury. She also has been appointed to both the national and international medical advisory boards on TBI for the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation. She received the William Webster Endowment Fund Award for neuroscience research.

She currently teaches courses on both children and adults, including cognition and brain injury, motor speech disorders, medical speech pathology, and more. She directs the Neurocognitive Linguistics Research Laboratory, where she investigates the impact of brain injury on attention, memory, processing speed, reading, and language.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:
90 min: Identifying and differentiating between different types of trachs and speaking valves
90 min: Evaluation for patients with trachs and vents
Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Kristen King is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties.  
Nonfinancial:  No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
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