Verbal communication for the ventilator-dependent patient: voice intensity with the Portex "Talk" tracheostomy tube.

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A patient's ability to communicate is critical to overall medical care, psychological functioning, and social interactions. Voice intensity levels produced by 20 patients with Portex "Talk" cuffed speaking tracheostomy tubes were investigated at three different airflow rates. Results indicated that audible and intelligible speech was produced with… (More)

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