Passy Muir Swallowing and Speaking Valve
Passy-Muir, Inc. has developed and patented a licenced technology trademarked as the Passy Muir Tracheostomy and Ventilator Swallowing and Speaking Valve.
When put in place on the hub of a tracheostomy tube or in-line in a ventilator circuit, the Passy Muir valve redirects airflow through the vocal folds, mouth, and nose, enabling voice and improved communication. The other benefits noted on the Passy Muir website include:
· Restores positive airway pressure
· Restores subglottic pressure
· Improved olfaction
· Improved swallowing
· Facilitates secretion management
· Facilitates infection control
· Pediatric speech/language development
Passy-Muir, Inc. has a comprehensive website that provides a wealth of information at passy-muir.com. The website contains video and written instructional information on the purpose, use, and precautions for the device, as well as the beneficial effects on the anatomy and physiology of a person with a tracheostomy. For clinicians, the website offers numerous no-cost certified continuing education courses that are very informative. It also has a review of the history of the product’s development by David Muir, who was a muscular dystrophy patient himself.
Apple Homecare Medical Supply has numerous patients that benefit from this product.