Mike Harrell, BS, RRT was formerly Director of Respiratory Care with Charlotte Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Punta Gorda, FL for several years prior to joining the Passy-Muir® Educational Team as a Passy-Muir Clinical Specialist in 2005. Mike also presided as president of the Florida Society of Respiratory Care where he brought his clinical knowledge and strong advocacy for patient care together to improve respiratory care in the state of Florida. His CRMC team’s clinical work with trach and vent was highlighted in the Joint Commission Perspective on Patient Safety, February 2003 issue, which discussed implementing a performance improvement team to implement the written policies and procedures for tracheostomized patients. This critical pathway put into action the use of the Passy-Muir valves for ventilator dependent patients after early consideration of tracheostomy for the patient. This policy resulted in faster weaning from the ventilator, less time in the ICU and fewer readmissions at CRMC.

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