Restoring Speech to Tracheostomy Patients

Author(s): Linda L. Morris, PhD, APN, CCNS, Ana M. Bedon, RN, MSN, CWON, Erik McIntosh, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, Andrea Whitmer, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 01, 2018

Topics: Pulmonary

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Tracheostomies may be established as part of an acute or chronic illness, and intensive care nurses can take an active role in helping restore speech in patients with tracheostomies, with focused nursing assessments and interventions. Several different methods are used to restore speech, whether a patient is spontaneously breathing, ventilator dependent, or using intermittent mechanical ventilation. Restoring vocal communication allows patients to fully express themselves and their needs, enhancing patient satisfaction and quality of life.


  • Identify the potential effects of the inability to communicate for a patient with a tracheostomy
  • Examine methods to restore phonation for patients with a tracheostomy
  • Discuss the role of critical care nurses in restoring phonation

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