Speech‑Language Pathologists (SLPs) provide diagnostic and treatment services that may call for the use of tracheal suctioning. For example, during clinical swallowing evaluations and during tracheal occlusion activities, the patient may need to be suctioned as part of the procedure.
Tracheal suctioning is defined as passing a suction catheter into a tracheostomy cannula to remove excess secretions from the airway.
It is the position of the Maryland Board of Examiners that the use of tracheal suctioning by speech‑language pathologists is within the Speech‑Language Pathology Scope of Practice when used to complete such procedures. The following Guidelines have been adopted by the Board for speech‑language pathologists to consider when using tracheal suctioning:
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