Dysphagia in the Trach/Vent Population
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Speech-language pathologists must consider the complex relationship of tracheostomy and ventilator-dependency with swallowing function in making treatment decisions that consider a patient’s potential aspiration risk. This self-study reviews recent literature related to dysphagia in the trach/vent population, including the pros and cons of tracheostomy, the use of blue dye to detect aspiration risk, and the so-called “trach effect” in pediatric dysphagia.
You will be able to:
- discuss the risks and advantages associated with the use of tracheostomy tubes versus oral or nasal intubation
- discuss recent literature on the use of blue dye and oxidase reagent strips to detect pulmonary aspiration
- list options for reducing or elimating the risk of aspiration in tracheostomized patients
- discuss the so-called “trach effect” on language, motor speech, and phonology in pediatric patients with long-term tracheostomies
- review published studies addressing how patients with dysphagia perceive their swallowing problems
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10/7/2011 to 8/15/2014