Basic Application of A Bias-Closed Position Speaking Valve


This webinar covers the basic physiology of upper airway function and identified the effect of tracheostomy on physiology and function. It explains how a speaking valve works and provides step by step instructions on the assessment and application of the Valve.


  1. Understand the effects and clinical complications of a tracheostomy on upper aero-digestive function.
  2. Describe the physiology behind the multidisciplinary benefits for use of the bias-closed position valve.
  3. Explain the steps for assessing a patient and placing a no-leak speaking valve on a tracheostomy for patient use, as well as how to identify transitioning issues that may occur.



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    • Search for the course title you are preparing to take the test for: Basic Application of a Bias-Closed Position Speaking Valve.
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