Project Description

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The Passy-Muir® Tracheostomy & Ventilator Swallowing and Speaking Valve is a simple medical device used by tracheostomy and ventilator patients. When placed on the hub of the tracheostomy tube or in-line with the ventilator circuit, the Passy-Muir Valve redirects air flow through the vocal folds, mouth and nose, enabling voice and improved communication.

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All Passy-Muir Valves have a closed position “No Leak” design that restores a closed respiratory system.

 

 

 

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“No Leak” design maintains a column of air in the tracheostomy tube and redirects airflow and secretions up the trachea.

 

 

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All other speaking valves have an open position design that causes air leakage during exhalation.

 

 

 

Years of evidence-based research has shown that the Passy-Muir Valve offers patients numerous clinical benefits beyond communication:

  • Restores positive airway pressure: The patented “No Leak” design of the Passy-Muir Valve and a closed system creates a more normal closed respiratory system, restoring positive airway pressure. This in turn promotes louder voice, improved swallow, stronger cough, and increased oxygenation.
  • Superior voice/speech production: Patients can produce clearer voice with more normal phrasing, better vocal quality and increased volume because all exhaled airflow is redirected up past the vocal cords.
  • Improves swallow, may reduce aspiration: The closed position “No Leak” design of the Passy-Muir Valve restores the patient to more normal physiology. This design facilitates increased pharyngeal/ laryngeal sensation and restores subglottic air pressure, which improves swallow and may reduce aspiration.

 

Manufactured by: Passy-Muir Inc., U.S.A.