Journal article

Speech-Language Pathology Guidance for Tracheostomy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An International Multidisciplinary Perspective

Charissa J Zaga, Vinciya Pandian, Martin B Brodsky, Sarah Wallace, Tanis S Cameron, Caroline Chao, Lisa Ann Orloff, Naomi E Atkins, Brendan A McGrath, Cathy L Lazarus, Adam P Vogel, Michael J Brenner

American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology | AMER SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOC | Published : 2020

Abstract

Purpose As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, there has been growing recognition of risks to frontline health care workers. When caring for patients with tracheostomy, speech-language pathologists have significant exposure to mucosal surfaces, secretions, and aerosols that may harbor the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This tutorial provides guidance on practices for safely performing patient evaluation and procedures, thereby reducing risk of infection. Method Data were collated through review of literature, guidelines, and consensus statements relating to COVID-19 and similar high-consequent infections, with a focus on mitigating risk of transmission to health care workers. Particular emphasis was plac..

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