Valve Protocol in the NICU
Infants with tracheostomy tubes are at risk for speech-language delays, but use of Passy Muir Valves may improve their outcomes. This webinar describes the process the team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital initiated in order to develop a new protocol for Passy-Muir Valve use with tracheostomized and ventilator dependent infants and young children in the NICU. Specific details will be provided that outline aspects of this protocol such as guidelines for valve candicacy, assessment, and progression of use. The team’s clinical experience and outcomes with this protocol, including case studies will also be shared.