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Clinical Complexities of Tracheostomy Care (Part 1 )

Presented by Jerome Quellier MS, CCC-SLP

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Course Description

Patients with tracheostomies are discharging into the community with increased frequency, challenging medical/rehab staff to provide highly skilled care for a fragile population. This course is designed to create a knowledge base for providers working with clients with tracheostomies and will provide a detailed review of decisions around initial placement of a trach, basics of […]
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Meet Your Presenter

Jerome Quellier, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Minnesota licensed speech-language pathologist with 25+ years of hospital-based practice. His expertise includes trach/vent dependence, dysphagia, TBI/stroke and oral-pharyngeal cancer rehab. He currently works at a 500+ bed Level 1 trauma hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota with adults/geriatrics. Mr. Quellier has written curriculum and provided training for hospital staff including nurses/aides and residents on numerous topics. Mr. Quellier is also a highly sought-after national speaker, teaching day courses on tracheotomy/vent dependence and a comprehensive neurology review. He has been on faculty at the UM-Duluth and UW-Eau Claire.

Accreditation

  • This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs, (Introductory Level; Professional Area).

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe 3 advantages/disadvantages of tracheostomy tube placement.
  2. Identify the individual parts of a trach tube and their functions.
  3. Describe 3 common vent settings used for in-line speaking valve use.
  4. Name 3 advantages to placing a speaking valve for communication and swallowing.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Overview head/neck anatomy, decision making regrading placement of a trach, surgical techniques
  • 0:15 - Explore tracheostomy anatomy and functions
  • 0:25 - Review speaking valve function, ideal candidacy, and assessment
  • 0:40 - Outline vent settings for speaking valve use in-line with vent
  • 0:45 - Discuss the advantages a speaking valve has upon voice and swallowing
  • 0:50 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - Course ends + quiz

Instructional Level

Introductory
Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience

Physical rehabilitation clinicians who work in settings that accept patients with tracheostomies.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

The course will be available for CEUs until May 20, 2026.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.
  • Instructor is a PESI Education Independent Contractor – Lecturer, and lectures a full 6-hour course on trach/vent for PESI.
  • Instructor is an employee of Regions Hospital.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • Instructor is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
  • Instructor holds Minnesota SLP Licensure.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

Instructional Methodology

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