Swallowing Management of the Tracheostomized Adult Patient-
Case Presentations

Cheryl Tansley, MS, CCC-SLP and Rachel Ieronimo, MS, CCC-SLP
Gaylord Hospital, Wallingford, CT

Case: 41 year old male with anoxic brain injury with tetraplegia and chronic respiratory failure


Cheryl Tansley, MS, CCC-SLP  received her BS and MS at Worchester State College, MA and has 9 years experience as a speech pathologist in school-based and outpatient settings and as the lead speech pathologist in an acute care setting. Currently she works at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT, a long term acute care rehabilitation hospital specializing in the medically complex population. Cheryl is a key member of the tracheostomy and ventilator team at Gaylord Hospital and has been instrumental in the success of the program for improving patient outcomes for swallowing and decannulation.


Rachel Ieronimo, MS, CCC-SLP   received her BS degree at the University of Connecticut and her MS degree at Southern Connecticut State University. She recently completed her clinical fellowship year at Gaylord Hospital working with the medically complex population. She has treated tracheostomized and ventilator dependent patients, including management of dysphagia.

Carmin Bartow, MS, CCC-SLP
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Case: 62 year male with high grade invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the right false cord, left subglottic and glottic regions.




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