Doctors say device may help intubated ICU patients speak

03/21/2014 |

Two physicians at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam said an electrolarynx may help orally intubated patients on mechanical ventilation. Their letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine recounted a case in which the device, which produces vibrations to allow speech, allowed one patient to speak without air passing through the vocal cords. "Since the ability to speak reduces anxiety in patients in the intensive care unit, we hypothesize that the selected use of an electrolarynx may be helpful in preventing or reducing stress and delirium in these patients," the physicians wrote.

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