Presented by a Speech-Language Pathologist and a Respiratory Therapist, this online course will examine factors that affect communication and swallowing performance for adult patients with tracheostomy tubes with and without mechanical ventilation. It begins with the basics for clinicians new to this patient population. For the more experienced clinician (explained in terms that all will understand) this course also addresses the current state of the science in management of the tracheostomy and ventilator-dependent patient.
The characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of specific tracheostomy tubes and speaking valves will be covered to ensure best practice. Explanation of how "talking" tracheostomy tubes differ from standard tubes and speaking valves is included, as well as a discussion of common speaking valves and how they enable phonation. SLP "must knows" related to patients on mechanical ventilation will be covered, including: explanation of common ventilator settings such as tidal volume, respiratory rate and PEEP; identifying common ventilator alarms; and how to apply an inline speaking valve with the ventilator. Also discussed will be issues related to secretion management and methods to re-establish airflow to the upper airway. Offered for 0.4 SLP CEUs – 4 contact hours.
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Roxann Diez Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a leading expert, accomplished researcher, and frequently invited national and international lecturer. Her areas of expertise include swallowing function, esophageal dysphagia, and management of patients with tracheostomy tubes and speaking valves.
Currently, Roxann is Director of Research at The Children's Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to this position, she was Director of the Swallowing Disorders Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology in the School of Medicine. She is now an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh.
Roxann has published several scientific papers and clinical book chapters. Her primary area of research examines interactions between breathing and swallowing in neurologic and respiratory disease. Over the past 7 years, Roxann has expanded her clinical work and research to include non-pathologic forms of esophageal dysphagia.
Financial — Roxann Diez Gross is presenter of online CEU courses by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Roxann Diez Gross is the author of "Quick Pocket Reference for Tracheostomy Tubes and Speaking Valves" published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Roxann Diez Gross has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Lyndsi E. Yarkosky, BS, RRT-NPS, is a registered respiratory therapist who serves as the Clinical Leader of the Respiratory Care Department at The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh. She also provides multidisciplinary staff education as well as education to families in the areas of ventilator management, tracheostomy care, suctioning and handling emergency situations in the home. She has a wide variety of experience including neonatal intensive care, adult critical care and in-patient pediatric rehabilitation. In addition to her clinical and leadership duties, Lyndsi also serves as an independent consultant for Passy Muir, Inc.
Financial — Lyndsi Yarkosky is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Lyndsi Yarkosky provides consulting services for Passy Muir Corporation; receives consulting fees.
Nonfinancial — Lyndsi Yarkosky has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.
Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
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Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.
Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.
Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).
ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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ASHA CE Registry: Northern Speech will provide CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry for you. At the time of course enrollment if you select that you are taking the course for ASHA Credit and if you provide your ASHA Member Number, Northern Speech will automatically submit your hours to the CE Registry after you successfully complete the post test. Please allow 45-60 days from the date of course completion for your hours to appear on your CE transcript. Note that ASHA will record your CEUs as earned on the last day of the month in which you completed your course. For example, if you completed your course on Nov 7, the CE Registry will reflect course completion as Nov 30.
Number of CEUs offered: We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs: NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
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Course Cancellation Policy: A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded.
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"I have a middle school student with a trach and I really needed more information about trachs. Although I am not directly responsible for his medical care, this information gave me much needed background." – A.B. (Dec. 2017)
"I appreciated the detailed discussion on tracheostomy tubes and the discussion of ventilator settings and especially discussion on PIPIP." – C.Y. (Dec. 2017)
"All of this program was of value to me. This subject needs to be addressed more in our academic classes. It was helpful to see the different designs." – H.H. (Dec. 2017)
"I liked that the speakers gave specific examples of when and how to use a speaking valve as well as clear descriptions of what NOT to do." – C.J. (Dec. 2017)
"The discussion on all the different types of trachs and info about how to understand ventilators was most beneficial. I also appreciate how there should not be over inflated cuffs. I have seen problems with this as well as wrong tube sizing negatively affecting my patients." – L.G. (Dec. 2017)
"The explanation of all the different types of tracks as well as the diagrams to demonstrate how they function differently was very helpful. I enjoyed learning more about the respiratory therapists role and different modes of ventilators." – K.P. (Nov. 2017)
"All of it was very beneficial to me as I work some in an acute care hospital with emphasis on vents and trachs. The pacing was good, and the course kept my interest." – B.W. (Oct. 2017)
"The ventilator information was excellent - we just don't get enough education on vents! I liked that lots of experience backs up her information. It is not just research and theories." – K.S. (Oct. 2017)
"Although I do not currently work with trach/vent patients, both parts of the course provided excellent information to increase my working knowledge of both trachs and vents. I liked the handouts, including pictures, corresponded very well with the presenters' information. The speakers spoke at a good rate (not too fast, not too slow) and gave good case studies and examples to help digest the information." – C.W. (Sept. 2017)
"I appreciated the different types and sizes of trachs. Both speakers and graphics were very helpful in understanding." – J.E.M. (Aug. 2017)
"All topics were beneficial as it is my first time working in a SNF setting in which an entire section is dedicated to patients with trachs and/or vents! The organization of each presentation made it easy for a novice (in this area) to follow along." – D.R. (June 2017)
"I enjoyed the breakdown of the various tracks and use of the ventilator, but the breakdown of suctioning was not discussed in depth like I thought it would be." – A.L. (June 2017)
"Excellent comprehensive course. This information is beneficial to both new clinicians and current practicing clinicians who seek a refresher of products and services that may not be provided at their current facility. The trach section offered clarification and detailed explanation of common misconceptions that SLPs will hear in many facilities. The vent section offered a much-needed detailed description of ventilator use and settings but did so in a way that pertains specifically to the SLP." – A.G. (May 2017)
"Excellent information!" – A.P. (May 2017)
"Very good basic content." – C.W. (May 2017)