This course presents post-laryngectomy pulmonary function and the options available for the laryngectomee to regain and maintain an optimal pulmonary environment using Heat Moisture Exchangers. Options for stoma attachment, how to select proper attachments for patients, and techniques for placement/application of the attachment to ensure optional adhesion for HMEs will also be addressed. Troubleshooting difficult patient stomal topographies in regard to various attachment devices will also be covered.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
This course presented a specialized body of knowledge that most of us don't encounter. I don't work with post-laryngectomy patients, but if I ever did I would know better how to advise them, especially about starting the HME on the 2nd day post-op.
I have not had experience with this population as my work has been in the public schools, however this dynamic speaker presented the subject matter in an understandable and interesting manner even to those who lack experience in this area of speech pathology.
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Meaghan Kane-Benjamin, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ms. Benjamin, received her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 1993 from Montclair State University, New Jersey and M.A. in Speech and Hearing Science in 1995 from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Benjamin began her career practicing under the mentorship of Mark Singer, M.D. at University of California, San Francisco in the Otolaryngology Department. After 8 years at UCSF as Clinical Manager specialized in Head and Neck Cancer Rehabilitation, Ms. Benjamin relocated to continue her practice with the Otolaryngology Department at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Evanston, Illinois. Having such an extensive clinical experience with TE voice restoration, she has directed and been invited faculty at numerous national seminars and training programs in the area of laryngectomy rehabilitation. Ms. Benjamin has been employed by Atos Medical Inc for the past 6 years and is a founding member of the Educational Division of Atos Medical Inc.
Disclosure: This presenter is employed by Atos Medical, who manufactures/sells several of the products that will be discussed during this presentation. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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