Special Device Lets Vent Patient Speak

Our inpatient Jessica, who is on a ventilator, could not make sounds. That is, until our speech pathologist switched out Jessica’s standard tracheotomy cannula (tube) with a special tube that allows speech. Jessica started off tolerating the new tube for 10 minutes and gradually increased her time with it to eight hours. This video shows Jessica’s delight with the gift of speech—and scent—that this innovation allows…

Immobile Patient Communicates Through Computer

Stroke patient Nick Balkaran was unable to speak or move until one of our nurses noticed his eye movements and alerted the speech pathologists. Nick learned to communicate again thanks to a new tech-touch electronic device. Nick controlled the cursor with his right eyelid and was able to “type” out messages. After the filming of this video, Nick eventually went home with his computer…