Presenters: multiple experts
"Extremely detailed and applicable to the acute care SLP servicing critical care units and patients. I appreciated the collaborative conversation between SLPs and RT. Content, images, review of equipment, settings, modes, videos, demonstrations were beyond helpful."
– S.W., prior course participant
This course is for clinicians interested in mechanical ventilation, the application of in-line speaking valves, and swallowing interventions for tracheostomized and mechanically ventilated adult patients. Those newer to this population will appreciate video demonstrations and visual examples of ventilators within a critical care unit. The presenters also discuss more advanced pulmonary topics including interpreting what ventilator settings tell us of the patient's underlying respiratory pathophysiology.
Steps for in-line speaking valve application with troubleshooting and ventilator compensation will be reviewed in detail. Collaborative conversations between SLPs and a Respiratory Therapy Adult Critical Care Specialist will help foster a deeper understanding of ventilator compensation and how to contribute appropriately during in-line speaking valve trials. Additionally, an overview of swallowing in the tracheostomized, mechanically ventilated populations will be covered. Course focus is the adult population.
Course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs – 2.5 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:37:59
"This was a great course! It provided much needed information for SLPs working with patients who require mechanical ventilation. I highly recommend this course for all therapists who work with this population."
– A.S., prior course participant
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Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"Learning the various vent modes. The presenter's explanations were thorough, yet easy to understand. I appreciated how in-depth the presenters were with all the information. I did not know much about RMST, and now I look forward to learning more." A.C. (Sep. 2023)
"Interpretation of ventilator data was beneficial. This course had great information. Excellent examples. The speakers were knowledgeable and easy to listen to." R.C. (Sep. 2023)
"This was truly the best course I have ever taken. I appreciated the following: repetition of information - videos - slides that can be printed out for reference - discussion on how swallow can be impaired with references to research. I cannot say enough about this course. Loved consistent repetition, opportunities to practice, videos, problem solving, and easy to read slides." V.F. (Sep. 2023)
"Understanding that FiO2 and PEEP target oxygenation, and minute ventilation and RR target Co2 clearance. I liked the description of ventilation and respiration, and the multiple examples of reading and interpreting ventilator screen read-outs." J.S. (Sep. 2023)
"Everything related to how to use inline PMV with different vent modes was beneficial. I liked being able to complete course at my discretion." L.M. (Sep. 2023)
"I liked the review of vent management. And the case studies." L.H. (Sep. 2023)
"Very informative course. Learning when to trial a speaking valve." S.C. (Sep. 2023)
"All of it was beneficial. I liked the videos, multiple examples, and RT input." R.K. (Aug. 2023)
"The practice vent screens were beneficial to help determine who and who would not be a good candidate for an inline speaking valve trial. I liked the course format, examples and videos." H.B. (Jul. 2023)
"This was one of the best courses I've viewed on mechanical ventilation modes and settings for the speech pathologist. The combination of slides, videos, and opportunities given throughout the presentation to read mock vent settings and to decide if the patient is or is not a good candidate for an in-line speaking valve was very effective. I found valuable the input of the RT in further explaining the relationship between different vent settings." L.D. (Jul. 2023)
"Guidelines for assessing candidates for in-line pmsv, and examples of vent settings were beneficial." A.H. (Jul. 2023)
"Ventilator background knowledge. I liked the clarity, repetition, and examples." J.G. (Jul. 2023)
"The method of instruction was great." L.G. (Jun. 2023)
"Vent settings and problem solving once inline valve is placed was beneficial to discuss." K.L. (Jun. 2023)
"Vent settings and SV candidacy were beneficial topics. I liked the videos and examples." N.G. (Jun. 2023)
"There was a lot of good information. I liked that this course went into vent settings in detail. I found the chart for PmV requirements to be particularly useful. I liked that presenters talked about possible settings that could be adjusted for different vent issues." K.L. (Jun. 2023)
"This course really gave me a much better level of understanding of vents, to be able to discuss things with respiratory therapists if needed." K.L. (Jun. 2023)
"Great format. Learned vent settings and terminology." J.A. (Jun. 2023)
"In-line speaking valve and dysphagia were beneficial topics. I liked having more than one speaker and having respiratory be a part of the presentation." L.C. (Jun. 2023)
"I found the explanations of the ventilators really beneficial in relation to readiness for in-line SV. This is something I have always struggled to understand and the test examples were really helpful to solidify the theory." C.D. (May 2023)
"This course was a good mix of theory, videos, and practical testing. I felt this combination was really useful in helping me to better understand the topic and apply my knowledge." C.D. (May 2023)
"The troubleshooting info was beneficial. I liked the RT and SLP total collaboration." T.S. (May 2023)
"I liked the extra practice at the end of the presentation that learners can do on their own and check their answers with the handouts to reinforce learning. I liked the table summarizing when the SLP should pause for various ventilator settings to look out for while determining if a pt might potentially be a good candidate for in-line PMV trials." Y.X. (May 2023)
"Discussion of vent settings and comprehensive explanation was beneficial. I liked the examples given, and in depth explanation." J.B. (Apr. 2023)
"Applying knowledge of ventilators and tracheotomy on the impact of swallowing. This was a highly informative course and provided a variety of self-assessment tools and videos to assist with comprehension of materials." A.M. (Apr. 2023)
"The clinical application and examples of how to determine in-line candidacy were beneficial. I liked the chart/handouts that were included." H.C. (Apr. 2023)
"Vent settings in general and vent setting in relation to speaking valve trials were beneficial. This course was presented clearly and interesting to watch." A.S. (Apr. 2023)
"I had long been searching for a course on this topic, so I liked it all!! Learning ventilator settings and what they tell us about the respiratory status of the patient, how they interact with one another, and how they impact swallowing." A.P. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the simple, easy to understand explanations. Vent modes and steps to apply in-line PMSV were beneficial." J.Y. (Mar. 2023)
"All of it was useful to improve my basic understanding and also gave some specific ventilator examples. The ventilator examples were good. Having the respiratory background to link with what the ventilator may be doing/set to was really useful too." T.K. (Mar. 2023)
"Explanation of ventilator settings in relation to indicators of breathing performance." Y.M. (Feb. 2023)
"Understanding ventilator settings and using in line PMV was beneficial." S.G. (Feb. 2023)
"Very clear presentation, excellent handouts, practical information, and well organized and taught. Learning to read the ventilator settings and understand the parameters better than I have before." L.V. (Jan. 2023)
"Excellent explanation of how vent settings interact. Provided "simulated vents" to determine candidacy for intervention." B.C. (Jan. 2023)
"It was helpful to see numerous examples of vent settings." H.H. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked going through the vent settings and understanding what to look for. The handouts were great. I really liked how you could use them in daily practice." M.G. (Jan. 2023)
"The actual reading and interpreting of a monitor to understand what each item means for the Pt's ventilation and respiration was really helpful. Visual examples and videos to help me understand aspects of ventilators that I don't have access to in my setting." D.L. (Dec. 2022)
"I LOVED the step by step on how to do an assessment on the vent with your patient. So many courses skip this part - the actual tangible information you can take to a session." O.P. (Dec. 2022)
"Good visual examples. Learning to read vent settings was beneficial." H.P. (Dec. 2022)
"The charts and case studies were extremely helpful. Learning what is considered LOW/MED/HIGH settings for each mode of ventilation." N.S. (Dec. 2022)
"Learning about the impact of a valve during swallowing was beneficial." A.C. (Dec. 2022)
"Going over specific examples of how to interpret vent settings was helpful. The explanation of modes of ventilation, interpreting vent information, and determining if a patient meets criteria for in-line trials." R.P. (Nov. 2022)
"Presenters were incredible and very good course format!!" M.O. (Nov. 2022)
"Comprehensive approach. I liked the short duration with very specific assessment and treatment information." A.F. (Nov. 2022)
"Clearly stated information and practical examples." S.M. (Nov. 2022)
"Detailed case studies looking at specific vent settings was very helpful." L.V. (Nov. 2022)
"The hands-on practice and case studies for reading ventilator control panels and troubleshooting was good." A.D. (Nov. 2022)
"Great work." J.C. (Nov. 2022)
"The introduction to ventilator definitions and RT basics to consider within the SLP scope of practice was beneficial. I liked the videos and opportunities to apply the content while reviewing vents immediately after learning the definitions/target volumes." E.R. (Nov. 2022)
"The knowledge of ventilation and swallowing was great. I liked that course was self-paced." A.O. (Nov. 2022)
"Knowledge about the ventilation, being able to read and interpret the monitor correctly, and swallowing. In my daily practice, inline valves are not (yet) used." I.M. (Oct. 2022)
"The specific details regarding ventilators and how to interpret the numbers was very informative, very relevant, and answered many of my questions regarding ventilators." C.S. (Oct. 2022)
"So many practical examples! A lot of practice interpreting vents." C.G. (Oct. 2022)
"Very well explained presentation. I liked the use of videos to support the information." M.W. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the in-depth analysis of settings and appropriateness of SV trials, and the ease of delivery of the course." C.T. (Oct. 2022)
"The speakers were easy to understand and their discussion followed along with the handout." D.Z. (Oct. 2022)
"The vent number sheet will be helpful." M.W. (Oct. 2022)
"The entire course was beneficial for my practice." M.W. (Oct. 2022)
"Repetition of key concepts, highly competent and experienced presenters, very pertinent to my practice currently." J.W. (Oct. 2022)
"Excellent content. The information on how to read ventilator settings and reported measures with decision-making processes was clearly indicated." K.Y. (Oct. 2022)
"Practical information and advice - presenters spoke in a way that was easy to understand." G.G. (Sept. 2022)
"The videos were helpful." J.P. (Sept. 2022)
"The whole course was well outlined and really specific for SLPs in critical care. Lots of practical examples alongside the theory." A.B. (Sept. 2022)
"Getting specific with ventilator parameters with regard to candidacy for inline PMV. The RT contributions to the presentation - very helpful!" E.B. (Sept. 2022)
"Great information to increase my understanding of ventilators." L.S. (Sept. 2022)
"The course was easy to understand and well presented - Liked learning more about vent settings and how to read them." D.D. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the real examples to work through. Review of actual ventilator photos and finding relevant information was so helpful. It was also very helpful to understand what each setting actually means, not just the parameters to be aware of." A.T. (Sept. 2022)
"This course was easy to follow. Education on respiration and ventilation was helpful." L.M. (Sept. 2022)
"The core components of the course were thoroughly covered and well-explained. The course was enhanced by the many examples of vent settings and their meanings, as well as touching on more in depth content. These extra items broadened my understanding of the topic. The course did an excellent job conveying and testing the core components while inviting participants to learn even more." S.S. (Sept. 2022)
"The videos of how to place an in line pmv were good. Learning vent settings and how to read the vent was beneficial." S.S. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the respiratory therapist in the presentation and the explanation of ventilator settings, protocol for assessment on inline PMV and swallowing." D.T. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the chart about things to "pause" and videos about how to set up in-line valve. And learning about other vent settings to change besides PEEP." L.G.M. (Sept. 2022)
"This is an excellent course, taught by knowledgeable, well-informed instructors. The combination of the SLPs and a Respiratory Therapist is great, and I've been working in Veterans on mechanical ventilation and/or using speaking valves for over 24 years." L.W.M. (Aug. 2022)
"I enjoyed the breakdown of the vent settings in order to better understand how the ventilator works in general prior to applying that understanding when placing and in-line speaking valve. As a visual learner, I enjoyed the visuals and videos to assist in understanding." J.C. (Aug. 2022)
"The examples to test your knowledge were helpful." E.N. (Aug. 2022)
"Extremely detailed and applicable to the acute care SLP servicing critical care units and patients. The flow/format of the presentation allowed for easy transition between slides/topics. I appreciated the collaborative conversation between SLPs and RT as well as the breakdown of specific ventilator settings/parameters. Content, images, review of equipment, settings, modes, videos, demonstrations were beyond helpful." S.W. (Aug. 2022)
"Very useful companion material for the acute/intensive care medical SLP. Perfect to stop, rewatch as needed for understanding." K.W. (Aug. 2022)
"This was a great course! It provided much needed information for SLPs working with patients who require mechanical ventilation. I highly recommend this course for all therapists who work with this population." A.S. (Aug. 2022)
Candice Devlin, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She has worked as a medical Speech-Language Pathologist at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC for 10 years, evaluating and treating adults in the acute care and acute rehabilitation settings. She also serves as a fee basis employee at the Durham VA Medical Center. Her primary area of interest is dysphagia especially in the tracheostomy and ventilator dependent patient populations, as well as neurogenic dysphagia. She has been instrumental in developing and bringing Respiratory Muscle Training, In-Line Passy-Muir Valve, and IDDSI programs to Duke Regional Hospital. Ms. Devlin earned her Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University.
Financial — Candice Devlin is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Candice Devlin has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Thomas Devlin, BS, RTT, is a Respiratory Therapist at the University of North Carolina Hospital where he serves as the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Clinical Specialist. As a clinical specialist, he has advanced skills in Pulmonology Critical Care Medicine and involvement in multiple research studies investigating acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) management. He serves as a liaison among all disciplines including physicians, nurses, physical and speech therapists, and fellow respiratory therapists. Additionally, Mr. Devlin provides education to medical students, Residents, and Pulmonology Fellows regarding mechanical ventilation management. In 2020 he was nominated for position on the Respiratory Therapy Advisory Panel for the World Health Organization and earned title of Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS) in 2021.
Financial — Thomas Devlin is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Thomas Devlin has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Rory O’Bryan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She has worked as a medical Speech-Language Pathologist at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC for 9 years, evaluating and treating adults in the acute care and acute rehabilitation settings. She serves as a fee basis employee at the Durham VA Medical Center, where she also completed her Clinical Fellowship in 2011. Her primary area of interest is dysphagia, particularly in the medically complex populations, as well as neurogenic dysphagia. She has been instrumental in developing and bringing Respiratory Muscle Training and IDDSI programs to Duke Regional Hospital. Rory also serves as the student coordinator for graduate student clinicians at DRH. Ms. O’Bryan earned her Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of North Carolina.
Financial — Rory O'Bryan is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Rory O'Bryan has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level; Professional Area).
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