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
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
Patricia E. Passy, Chairman and CEO
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.