Mechanical Ventilation for the SLP: In-Line Speaking Valves and Swallow Interventions

Live Webinar November 9, 2021, 6 pm - 9pm EASTERN TIME

This course is for any Speech Pathologist interested in learning about mechanical ventilation, the application of In-Line Speaking Valves, and swallowing interventions for mechanically ventilated tracheostomized patients. The presenters will provide extensive education on mechanical ventilation including common modes, reading/interpreting ventilator settings for In-Line Speaking Valve candidacy, as well as associated ventilator terminology. Steps for In-Line Speaking Valve application with basic troubleshooting and ventilator compensation will be reviewed in detail. An overview of swallowing interventions for the tracheostomized, mechanically ventilated populations will also be covered. A guest panelist, Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Respiratory Therapy Clinical Specialist will be available for all questions related to respiratory care and mechanical ventilation.

Important Information

Please note: This is a live webinar taking place on 11/9/21 at 6 pm EASTERN TIME (5 pm CENTRAL TIME, 3 pm PACIFIC TIME). Once you purchase this course, you will click "Begin Course" where you will find the instructions for logging on to the live webinar on November 9, 2021. You will be able to download course handouts prior to the course date. Following the webinar, you will log back into this account to complete the post-test. 



Course Details

Course Instructors:

Candice Devlin, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S  and Rory O’Bryan, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S have worked as medical Speech-Language Pathologists at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC for 10 and 9 years, respectively, evaluating and treating adults in the acute care and acute rehabilitation settings. Both serve as a fee basis employee at the Durham VA Medical Center. Both have been instrumental in developing and bringing Respiratory Muscle Training, and IDDSI programs to Duke Regional Hospital. Ms. Devlin earned her Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University. Her primary area of interest is dysphagia especially in the tracheostomy and ventilator dependent patient populations. She developed the In-Line Passy-Muir Valve program at Duke Regional Hospital. Ms. O’Bryan earned her Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of North Carolina. She was essential in brining the Respiratory Muscle Training and IDDSI programs to Duke Regional Hospital and currently serves as the student coordinator for graduate student clinicians at Duke Regional Hospital 

Panelist:  Thomas Devlin, BS, RRT is a Respiratory Therapist at the University of North Carolina Hospital where he serves as the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Clinical Specialist. As a clinical specialist, he has advanced skills in Pulmonology Critical Care Medicine and involvement in multiple research studies investigating ARDS management. He serves as a liaison among all disciplines including physicians, nurses, physical and speech therapists, and fellow respiratory therapists. Additionally, Mr. Devlin provides education to medical students, Residents, and Pulmonology Fellows regarding mechanical ventilation management. In 2020 he was nominated for position on the Respiratory Therapy Advisory Panel for the World Health Organization in which he continues to serve.

Disclosures: Ms. Devlin and Ms. O’Bryan have the following financial relationships: they are paid employees of Duke Regional Hospital and receive payment for this webinar from Carolina Speech Pathology, LLC. Ms. O’Bryan has no non-financial relationships to disclose. Mr. Devlin has no financial relationships to disclose. Ms. Devlin and Mr. Devlin have the following relationship to disclose: they are married. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define ventilation, oxygenation, basic anatomy of the lungs, as well as indications for tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation.
  2. Describe external features of a ventilator, common modes of ventilation and associated terminology.
  3. Interpret ventilator settings for appropriate patient selection for in-line speaking valve use. 
  4. Describe swallow elevations and interventions for patients on mechanical ventilation.


  • 6:00:  Review the basics of ventilation and oxygenation, basic anatomy of the lungs, respiratory failure and indications for tracheotomy and mechanical ventilation,  and external features of the ventilator
  • 6:30:  Ventilator terminology, modes of ventilation, reading/interpreting ventilator  settings
  • 7:30:   Application and troubleshooting of in-line speaking valve
  • 8:00:  Swallowing on mechanical ventilation
  • 8:45:  Q and A with Special Guest Respiratory Therapist
  • 9:00:   Adjourn

NOTE:  If you wish to have your participation in this course reported to ASHA, you must include your ASHA number when registering for the course. If you do wish to have your participation reported to ASHA, but you do not have an ASHA number, type REPORT. If you do not wish to have your participation submitted to ASHA, type “NO” in the field requesting your ASHA number. Once the course post-test has been completed with 80% accuracy your material will be ready for us to submit. No refunds will be issued for live webinars.