Authors: Tippett DC, Siebens AA
Title: Using ventilators for speaking and swallowing
Source: Dysphagia 1991 6(2): 94-99
Year: 1991
Research Design: Case Series

An inflated cuff, although commonly though to be required for the ventilator-dependent patient with a tracheostomy cannula, precludes speaking and has adverse implications for swallowing. Clinical trials with five ventilator-dependent, cognitively intact individuals with glottic control document that a deflated cuff is compatible with ventilation, preserves oral communication, and restores safe alimentation by mouth. ©Springer

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