Using ventilators for speaking and swallowing

Donna Clark Tippett, Arthur A. Siebens

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-99
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1991


  • Deglutition
  • Deglutition disorders
  • Speech
  • Tracheostomy
  • Ventilator, dependency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Speech and Hearing


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