Corporate Partner: Passy-Muir, Inc.
Founded in 1985, Passy-Muir, Inc. is the leading manufacturer and distributor of communication prosthetic devices for tracheostomized and ventilator dependent patients, including the Passy-Muir® Tracheostomy and Ventilator Swallowing & Speaking Valve, the only patented bias closed position "no leak" valve designed to fit adult and pediatric tracheostomy tubes. Invented by David Muir, a 23 year old quadriplegic patient with muscular dystrophy, the Passy-Muir® Valves open easily during inspiration, closing at the end of inspiration, redirecting all exhaled air through the oronasopharynx, providing clear uninterrupted speech. David originally developed his valve specifically to improve communication. However, the clinical evidence that evolved through use of the Passy-Muir Valve revealed that its positive closure design provided patients with the additional benefits of improved secretion management, improved olfaction, improved swallowing and expedited weaning from the ventilator and decannulation. The Passy-Muir Valves are the only speaking valves that have been research validated and cleared by the FDA to provide these benefits.
Passy-Muir, Inc. is committed to improving the quality of life of tracheostomized and ventilator-dependent patients. One approach is through clinical education of patients and clinicians. The company consults and employs experienced clinicians, including speech-language pathologists, respiratory care practitioners, and nurses. The clinical team has developed a wide variety of free educational methods and opportunities, including: live inservices to facilities; regional, national and international presentations; internet-based continuing education courses; and clinical materials such as resource guides, pocket guides, medical animation videos, and instructional DVDs.
“We at Passy-Muir, Inc. believe that communication is the essence of the human spirit. It is essential to individual rights and dignity. We are committed to carrying on David Muir’s work by offering tracheostomized and ventilator dependent patients a step toward independence and dignity through speech.”
Patricia E. Passy, Chairman and CEO
To learn more about the Passy-Muir Valve and free clinical education opportunities visit the Passy-Muir website or call 800-634-5397 to speak to a Passy-Muir Clinical Specialist.