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    Devices to allow intubated people to communicate

    Are there devices or strategies to allow a limited person to communicate?

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    I assume you mean for an intubated person who is not in a heavily sedated state, and who cannot write.

    Yes, there are "talking" trach tubes and Passey-Muir valves that can be used for this, but they may not be able to be used during severe acute illness. If you are a family member or close friend of someone in this situation, you should discuss this option with the nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians involved to see if the person is a candidate for a trial of use.

    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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