In-Person Seminars

Speaking Valve Use with Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation: Now, We’re Talking!

Open to nursing, respiratory therapists (RT), speech-language pathologists (SLP), and any healthcare professional who works with this medically complex patient population.

Date: Saturday, July 20th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm PST

Salinas Valley Health Medical Center
Conference Room DRC
450 East Romie Lane.
Salinas, CA, 93901

Class Size: Space is limited and registrations will be accepted in the order received.

Handouts: Will be provided on-site and are included in the cost of the course.

Food: Morning refreshments and lunch are included. If you have any dietary restrictions, please email


This interactive and hands-on seminar is designed to take the clinician from understanding the basics of a tracheostomy, including the physiologic impact on a patient’s respiratory, speech, and swallowing functions, to participating in assessment and treatment discussions for no-leak speaking Valve use. Clinicians will learn step-by-step methods for evaluating a patient for use of the Valve both with and without mechanical ventilation. Strategies for restoring communication, improving swallow function, improving secretion management, and restoring pressures in adults who require tracheostomy will be reviewed. Attendees will receive practical application experience during breakout sessions which include demonstrations, hands-on training, and round table discussions. Attendees also will learn the early intervention considerations and strategies for utilizing a no-leak speaking valve through case studies, mock assessments, and patient videos.

Bonus education opportunity: Registered seminar attendees will be granted access to a pre-recorded webinar, Fundamentals: Tracheostomy Tubes to Mechanical Ventilation. Approximately two weeks prior to attending the seminar, a link for this special one-hour webinar will be provided via email. This webinar is only available to seminar attendees and provides an overview of the basics of a tracheostomy tube, cuff management with inflation and deflation, and basic vent terminology. It is highly recommended as a prerequisite to the in-person seminar. To receive continuing education for the webinar, attendees complete the course, quiz, and evaluation.


Kristin King, PhD, CCC-SLP

Kristin King, PhD, CCC-SLP
With over 25 years of experience in medical, academic, and industry settings, Dr. King brings a unique perspective to medical speech-language pathology. With a focus on neurological disease processes, her research and teachings have investigated traumatic brain injury, swallowing disorders, and aspects of critical care (tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation). She regularly speaks both domestically and internationally and publishes in peer-reviewed and clinical journals. She also has acted as an expert witness.

Financial – Dr. King is an employee of Passy Muir Inc.
Nonfinancial – Dr. King has no non-financial disclosures to disclose.

Rachel O'Hare, RRT

Rachel O’Hare, RRT
Rachel O’Hare started her respiratory therapy career in the United States Army Reserves where she served 13 years and did one tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After returning home, she began working as a traveler and has worked in hospitals across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. She has a very broad knowledge in respiratory care and has worked in all patient care areas, including Adult ICU, Pediatric ICU, and Neonatal ICU. She also has worked in a pulmonary function lab in addition to long-term care. In 2018, Rachel began to pursue her passion of teaching, advancing her career away from the bedside into becoming a clinical educator for critical care ventilation products. She spent the last few years working as a regional clinical educator, providing clinical education and support for all of Northern California before joining the Passy Muir clinical team in 2022.

Financial – Rachel O’Hare is an employee of Passy Muir Inc.
Nonfinancial – Rachel O’Hare has no non-financial disclosures to disclose.



8:45 – 9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 – 10:00 Assessment and Placement with demonstration – Non-Vent
10:00 – 11:30 Breakout Session – trach tubes, cuff management, and mock assessment
11:30 – 12:00 Troubleshooting and treatment with case study
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch & Learn: Dysphagia Discussion and Panel/Round table
1:00 – 2:15 Basics of ventilator application of the No-leak valve
2:15 – 3:45 Breakout Session – Ventilator application and mock assessments
3:45 – 4:45 Trachlore, Barriers, & More: Panel/Round Table Discussion
4:45 – 5:00 Summary Discussion, Q&A, & Adjournment

CEU Information

Continuing education credit offered for RTs, SLPs, and RNs. All others will receive a Certificate of Attendance.


This seminar is offered for .75 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Application for continuing education credit has been made to AARC for 7.5 CRCEs.

Passy-Muir, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP11239). Each seminar is 7.5 contact hours.

Passy-Muir, Inc. has developed and patented a licensed technology trademarked as the Passy Muir® Tracheostomy and Ventilator Swallowing and Speaking Valve. This presentation will focus primarily on the bias-closed position Passy Muir Valve and will include little to no information on other speaking valves.

Registration / Cost

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted in the order received.

Early Bird Registration (Before June 29): $149.00
Registration (After June 29): $199.00

Student Registration: Please contact for information.

Handouts: Handouts will be provided at the time of the seminar and are included in the cost of the seminar.

Cancellation & Refund Policy: All cancellation requests by registered attendees must be sent to Refunds will not be granted after the start of the seminar. Cancellation of the event by Passy-Muir, Inc. will result in a full refund of monies received. Passy-Muir, Inc. is not responsible for the refund of travel or hotel expenses under any circumstances. Passy-Muir, Inc. reserves the right to cancel or change any programs for due cause. In the event of a course cancellation, participants will be notified via email & contact phone number listed on the registration form. Please fill out all information on the registration form.

Assistance: All participants in Passy-Muir, Inc. Continuing Education Courses are entitled to an accessible, accommodating, and supportive teaching and learning environment. Please inform us of any specific needs so that we may assist you.

Questions: Please contact

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