Dr. Fisher is back for part 2 to discuss her main passion — trach and vent! In this episode, we discuss some tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation FAQs as they relate to dysphagia. Do trachs themselves directly cause dysphagia? Is the blue dye test accurate? Why is FEES beneficial for this population?

Dr. Fisher received her PhD in Speech Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University. She is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and clinical instructor with SA Swallowing Services and works at various hospitals, sub-acute care facilities, and rehab facilities. Dr. Fisher holds ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, endorsement for endoscopy practice, and is a certified FEES trainer. Dr. Fisher is an adjunct professor at University of Maryland – College Park and Tennessee State University. She has over ten years of experience as an SLP and her clinical interests include speech, language, dysphagia, Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), and working patients requiring tracheostomy/mechnical ventilation. Dr. Fisher is the creator and director of Preparing SLPs for Tracheostomy and Ventilator Patient Care Training Course.

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