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Caring for Patients with Tracheostomy & Ventilator Dependency
Caring for Patients with Tracheostomy & Ventilator Dependency


When:  Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Develop a comprehensive management plan for adults living with acute & long–term tracheostomy
As medical technology and intervention evolves, more patients are faced with temporary and long–term tracheostomy/ventilation as a part of their recovery. The very presence of a tracheostomy tube may elicit visceral reaction to secretion management and dehumanize the patient who is unable to exercise their decision making capacity, orally communicate their needs, and interact socially with staff or family. Practitioners in acute hospitals, transitional rehabilitation units, skilled long–term settings, and homecare arenas are challenged to not only understand the basic functionality of a tracheostomy tube, but complete daily cares, assist their patients with swallowing and oral communication, and even train non-medical care providers. Management of the tracheostomized patient is often assumed to be complex. This misconception may become a barrier for placement in an environment most conducive to overall rehabilitation; to foster social closeness with staff, friends and family; and ultimately result in prolonging the weaning process.

This course will outline and compare the basic components of a tracheostomy tube, decision making surrounding the most appropriate type of tube to use for various populations, and the risks/benefits of placement. Through review of daily cares, the assessment and placement of a speaking valve, and dysphagia characteristics for this population, course participants will build the skills and confidence necessary to develop a comprehensive management plan. Attendees of this seminar will leave with a solid foundation of general knowledge, critical thinking algorithms, and an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of their specialty when faced with tracheostomized patients.

  • Review the components to various tracheostomy tubes available and their functions

  • Discuss the decision making process for placement of a tracheostomy tube and the advantages/disadvantages to short– and long–term placement

  • Review basic daily nursing cares necessary for maintaining a tracheostomy

  • Explain the assessment, safety precautions, and utilization of speaking valves

  • Discuss assessment and treatment of swallowing and the application of a speaking valve to minimize aspiration risks and maximize oral communication including bedside screening vs. formal assessment

  • Develop a plan of care and establish professional responsibilities across a multidisciplinary team to manage safe swallowing and maintain verbal communication

  • Speech–Language Pathologists

  • Speech–Language Pathology Assistants

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapists

  • Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Nurse Managers

  • Nurses

  • Respiratory Therapists

  • Rehab Directors

  • Licensed Practical Nurses


JEROME QUELLIER, MS, CCC–SLP, is a licensed Speech–Language Pathologist with over 20 years of acute care experience whose clinical subspecialties include swallowing, traumatic brain injury, stroke rehabilitation, oral–pharyngeal cancer rehabilitation, and assisting patients in palliative decision making for the dysphasic patient. He is currently a Clinical Specialist at a Level 1 trauma hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota, treating neurologically impaired adults and geriatrics and managing Tracheoesophageal Prosthesis (TEP) care. Additionally, he treats head and neck cancer patients in conjunction with the Department of Radiation Oncology, amd trains hospital–based rehab staff, nurses, and internal medicine residents on the management of this unique population.

Mr. Quellier has been a faculty member at the University of Minnesota–Duluth and adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin, teaching graduate coursework on tracheostomy and head and neck cancer. He also possesses extensive experience in quality and process improvement for rehabilitation services. Mr. Quellier received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. During his professional tenure, he has been a direct care provider in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and homecare settings, and has acted as the shared services coordinator between various community hospitals.

Financial- Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education, LLC.
Nonfinancial-No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Nurse Practitioners
Vyne Education, LLC. is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 060313. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.

Vyne Education, LLC. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This course is offered for 6 contact hours.

Nurses: California
Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 16668, for 7.2 contact hours. Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded.

Nurses: Florida
Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing, provider #50-466. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.

Nurses: Iowa
Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider with the Iowa Board Of Nursing, approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants
Vyne Education, LLC. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for 0.6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Intermediate, Category 1: Domain of OT, 2: Occupational Therapy Process.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: Maryland: This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.6 CEUs.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: New Jersey: This program has been approved for 6 continuing education credits by the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants (Approval # 2016-1223).

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: Pennsylvania: This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy for a total of 6 contact hours of which 0 hours have been approved for Direct Access. PA Board Approval #PTCE011909.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: West Virginia - Credit Available Until: 11/17/2017
This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy for 6 Continuing Education hours (Approval #CCE-F17-34). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply that the WV Board of Physical Therapy supports the views of the presenter or sponsor.

Respiratory Therapists
This program has been approved for 6 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. Course #147216000.

Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists
This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Other Professions
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

All Professionals: In order to process continuing education, please bring the appropriate license/certification number to the seminar.

Certificates, Educational Offering Completion Requirements: Certificates will be awarded upon receipt of payment and successful completion of the educational offering and evaluation form.

Amended Certificates: Please note that the credit hours listed above are offered by Vyne Education and/or boards/associations for a full day's attendance. In the event of late arrival and/or early departure, amended certificates indicating the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided upon calling Vyne Education.

ADA: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact Vyne Education at least two weeks before the seminar date or prior to purchasing any online or distance learning products so that arrangements can be made.

"The precise and informative content provided in this course was invaluable to both experienced staff and to new health care employees using teaching techniques effective for all learners."
Lynn S. BSN, RN CRRN, Decentralized Nurse Educator, Neurosurgery and Rehabilitation, Med/Surg– Department of Practice and Education

"A wonderful interactive current realistic presentation on a much needed topic."
Diane B., SL

"Great reinforcement of tracheostomy care and new equipment use. Excellent course!"
Aquila W., RT

"I have worked in acute care for over 20 years. I wish I would have had this great information year ago. The video clips were helpful in seeing the different kinds of trach/vents."
Deb O., COTA​

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