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Speech Expert Tells WCBS Ventilators Can Strain Vocal Cords

SLP Program Director Dr. Marissa Barrera

Dr. Marissa Barrera, director of the Speech-Language Pathology program at the Katz School of Science and Health at Yeshiva University, said prolonged ventilator use can strain the vocal cords of patients suffering from coronavirus, during an interview on "Coronavirus Patient’s Fight Doesn’t End After Getting Off A Ventilator, Speech Pathologists Say" with WCBS on April 24.

“When someone’s on a ventilator, there’s a tube that’s been passed through their mouth through their vocal cords and into their airway,” she told CBS2’s Ali Bauman.

Barrera said prolonged ventilator use can also affects communication, swallowing and breathing. Typically speech pathologists and a team of specialists use a variety of exams to monitor a patient’s vocal recovery, but like the rest of the health care system right now, they’re strained for resources.

“For individuals who have a respiratory disorder like COVID-19, and you add on the addition of prolonged ventilator use, we’re seeing a new type of rehabilitation necessary to help them get back those essential functions,” she said.

Watch the interview here:….