Early Intervention in Persons with Minimally Conscious State and Tracheostomy

Leigh Anne Baker, MS CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Promise Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA

Restoring upper airway on patients with tracheostomy tubes has resulted in positive outcomes. Clinical background and case examples were presented on using a speaking valve to improve level of consciousness in persons with minimally conscious state who have a tracheostomy tube and require mechanical ventilation in the LTAC setting.

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