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    Trach and Vent Specialty Course for SLPs

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    Add to Calendar 10/15/2023 08:00 AM 10/15/2023 04:00 PM America/Chicago Trach and Vent Specialty Course for SLPs Hotel: Home2Suites by Hilton
    Phone: 850-203-6700
    CIAO Studios CIAO Seminars, Inc mail@ciaoseminars.com false MM/DD/YYYY

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst

Course Description


  1. Attend as part of the LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. Attend via LIVE STREAM from anywhere around the world. Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer.


  • This live event is streamed in real time. 
  • Course agenda is in Central time, please adjust for your time zone
  • Registrants who attend the live broadcast will be able to interact with instructor.
  • All registrants will have access to the broadcast recording for 14 days.
  • A group may view the course together, however each attendee must be individually registered in order to receive CE credit.


  • SLPs - this course is registered with ASHA as Blended Learning. ASHA CEUs may be earned by attending live, viewing the recording, or a combination of both.
  • OT/PTs - Participants who need live hours for state license renewal must attend in real time yet, will still have access to the recording for 14 days.


  • Attend/view entire course
  • Pass multiple choice quiz (80% min score)
  • Complete online course evaluation

This is a course for therapists who are interested in learning about tracheostomy and ventilator dependent assessments and treatment approaches. Improve your knowledge base and skills; whether you are an SLP who is currently working with tracheostomy and ventilator dependent patients or if you would like to develop the knowledge and skills to help you learn more about this subspecialty. Learn about the types of tracheostomies, speaking valves, and treatment strategies available to you to help your patients wean off the vent and successfully decannulate. This is an intermediate course, and basic knowledge of dysphagia and voice therapy is required. SLPs working with trach and vent patients are challenged with getting instrumental assessments, treatment strategies, and communicating the role of the SLP in assessing and treating this unique population to their multidisciplinary teams. This course will present the physiological and structural changes of the trachea following a tracheostomy and offers guidelines and treatment strategies to initiate po intake and achieve voicing using speaking valves. This course aims to educate SLPs on everything related to working with patients that have acquired a tracheotomy and are vent dependent.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define guidelines related to trach and vents
  • Identify anatomical structures and physiological changes after a tracheostomy procedure
  • Explain how ventilators work, their settings, and alarms
  • Assess patient candidacy for cuff deflation and speaking valve trials
  • Summarize about guidelines for high flow oxygen
  • Consider and recommend treatment protocols to include humidification, pharmacology, modalities, exercises, and diet modifications, and Evans Blue Dye Tests
  • Develop treatment strategies for successful outcomes for your patients

Lubna Nabulsi


Lubna Nabulsi is a Speech-Language Pathologist that has been practicing in Skilled nursing rehabilitation for 20 years. She graduated with her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University in Baltimore Maryland. Prior to becoming and SLP, Lubna was a Medical and Research Technologist working at University of Maryland Hospital Immunology Department. This created a unique knowledge of overall medical pathology and how it related to disease and disorders that affect swallowing. Lubna is currently the Senior SLP at Futurecare Health and Management. Lubna developed a successful inhouse FEES program at all Futurecare skilled nursing facilities., and in the past 10 years has trained over 20 SLP in FEES instrumentation and competency.

Financial Disclosure: Lubna receives honoraria from CIAO for the presentation of her live courses and royalties for the sale of her online courses.
Non-Financial Disclosure: There are no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Day 1

08:00 - 09:00
Basic anatomy and physiology review before and after a tracheotomy procedure
09:00 - 10:00
All about tracheostomy tubes, trach set up, and ventilators
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:30
Infection Control
11:30 - 12:00
Speaking valves and cuff deflation
12:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 01:30
01:30 - 01:45
01:45 - 03:00
Treatment strategies and outcomes
03:00 - 04:15
Laryngectomies and TEPs
04:15 - 04:30
Questions and Answers

Delivery VIA:

  • Live By Request - This course is available to come to you! Contact us to see how easy that can be. mail@ciaoseminars.com
  • Live Stream - This course is offered from our Live Stream studio. Watch and interact with the instructor from wherever you are or join us as part of the studio audience in sunny Gulf Breeze, FL. Included with each Live Stream registration is access to the course recording for the 14 days immediately following the broadcast.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 7.5 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.75 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required

Intermediate Level
0.75 ASHA CEUs


"One of the best presentations I’ve done. So functional, applicable and necessary to our work these days. Only part I thought didn’t need to be in this particular course was the info about the laryngectomees and TEP. The course has so much other fantastic info, it’s easier to remember more of the I do without that piece added"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Oct 2022

"Though I would have liked to have certain information, such as the high flow oxygen research, available in the manual or during the course, I appreciate that the presenter offered to obtain and convey it subsequently to the participants. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Oct 2022

"Lubna is an excellent presenter. She has the gift for being able to clearly explain complex concepts. I would definitely take other courses that are conducted by her. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Oct 2022

"This course was amazing. I wish I would have gotten this info years ago. I already recommended that my boss send my colleague, a CFY I am supervising, to take this course. There is just too much info from the course to teach him than an in service can provide. I am going to need to go back and rewatch it."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Oct 2022

"Very informative presentation"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Oct 2022

"This was a great day. The pace was fantastic and the computer challenges were NOT a distraction. Please make sure the presenter knows this. Her experience and ability to present real life scenarios was easy to follow. Her desire to help us all improve our practice was very evident. Her students/co-workers are very fortunate. I would highly recommend any of her courses. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Oct 2022

"Excellent presenter and course. I would take an another advanced course on this topic with the same instructor!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Oct 2022

"For an SLP with no trach/vent experience the material provided/ presentation was excellent especially the red flags, contraindications, steps to don and doff the PMV, vent settings etc. Laryngectomy topic was rushed through and was difficult to register the information( I understand it needs extensive training and a whole CEU) and hence skip that section all together. I would have appreciated more photo demonstration of trach and vent on patients with different parts of trach with close up view and probably video of suctioning, donning PMV and swallow evaluation if possible in post lunch session along with case studies that was provided. Thank you"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jul 2021

"This was such an excellent seminar, the speaker very knowledgeable and practical."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jul 2021

"I have learned valuable information that will facilitate mentorship experiences with my CFs. Lubna was an excellent instructor and very knowledgeable about the subject matter. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jul 2021

"I loved the content and plan to participate in future courses with Lubna."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jul 2021

"Great course. I look forward to doing more continuing edu courses with CIAO"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jul 2021

"Best course I have ever taken!!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"Lots of great information! I would love a full class focusing more on evaluation and treatment (kind of like a part 2 of this class), maybe including videos of evaluation, troubleshooting, etc. Great job overall and thank you for taking the time time answer everyone's questions!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"Lubna was very well-spoken, knowledgeable, and kind. She communicated course content in a smooth and detailed manner and fielded all questions thoroughly. The moderator was professional. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"I was very pleased with the set-up of this course. Lubna is extremely knowledgable, and I am a stronger clinician after completely this course. I would love to see CIAO offer additional trach/vent courses in the future."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"Excellent presenter & presentation! Will recommend to my colleges."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"Speaker is knowledgeable"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"Excellent presentation and so much valuable education"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"Lubna, your compassion and skill are a winning combination. Thank you for sharing all you know on this topic. It was a fantastic course!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"Wonderful speaker with great experience. More time would have been great for breaking down parts of trach, tracheostomy and especially treatment modalities for trach - vent pts."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"great course "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020