Clinical Complexities of Tracheostomy Care (Part 2)

Presented by Jerome Quellier MS, CCC-SLP

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Course Description

This course is designed to dive more deeply into speaking valve utilization, evidence-based research supporting application for swallowing/voice restoration, and troubleshooting difficult placements. In line vent placement and steps towards decannulation will also be reviewed. This companion course will expand base knowledge from Part 1.
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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.


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

Course Details

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify adaptations and alternatives for difficult speaking valve placements.
  2. List evidence-based literature surrounding valve use for voice/swallowing.
  3. Demonstrate how to trouble-shoot and solve barriers to successful speaking valve placement.
  4. Describe the steps towards decannulation for the trach’d adult.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Overview basic trach anatomy/function, secretion management
  • 0:05 - Selection criteria/adaptations to speaking valves
  • 0:15 - Review of evidence-based research supporting valve use
  • 0:25 - Case study: A failure to deflate cuff
  • 0:30 - Trouble-shooting difficult placements
  • 0:40 - In-line vent application
  • 0:50 - Steps toward decannulation
  • 0:55 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter based on current theories and standards of practice as well as current literature and research. Focus is on recent advances and trends, and or research.

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 June 22, 2026.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Instructor 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.

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