Rebecca Wills, BA, LRCP, CRT-NPS
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, NE
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the U.S. each year. Regardless of the level of injury, respiratory function is compromised. This course will identify the four primary pulmonary impairments of a high spinal cord injury and demonstrate the role of the Passy Muir Valve in their prevention and treatment. We will examine the use of the Passy-Muir Valve in successfully weaning patients with SCI from the ventilator and/or tracheostomy tube. We will also explore the vital role that the Passy Muir Valve plays in life-skills training, vocational pursuits, access to community resources and the promotion of self-advocacy for ventilator and/or trach dependent individuals with a spinal cord injury.