Tracheostomy & Swallow function

Clinical Question

Does the presence of a tracheostomy tube impact swallow function?

Critically Appraised Topic

Anecdotally it is thought that the presence of a tracheostomy tube alters swallow function therefore increasing the risk of aspiration. However there is little evidence to support this claim. A thorough literature search and critical appraisal of the evidence aims to determine the impact of a tracheostomy tube on swallow function PDF Format.

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