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Loss of voice in mechanically ventilated tracheostomy patients: The patient experience in ICU

      Introduction: Voicelessness experienced during mechanical ventilation has been described as frustrating and stressful, with an adverse impact on communication. In the presence of a tracheostomy, cuff deflation and use of a speaking valve is an effective intervention for voice restoration. Although other communication methods may be available to patients who receive a tracheostomy as part of their management, an exploration of their experience of communication and its impact on their care may be helpful in understanding the importance of professional input to restore voice in this population.
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