Self‑care and clinical management of persons with laryngectomy during COVID‑19 pandemic: a narrative review

Varghese, Janet Jaison Varghese and Aithal, Venkataraja U and Rajashekhar, B (2021) Self‑care and clinical management of persons with laryngectomy during COVID‑19 pandemic: a narrative review. Supportive Care in Cancer, 29 (12). pp. 7183-7194. ISSN 0941-4355

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Objective To summarize guidelines on self-care and clinical management of persons with laryngectomy during the COVID- 19 pandemic. Method Articles published in electronic databases—PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, and CINHAL with the compliant keywords—were scouted from December 2019 to November 2020. All original articles, letters to editors, reviews, and consensus statements were reviewed and included. Results In all, 20 articles that had information pertaining to self-care of persons with laryngectomy or guidelines for clinicians working with this population were identified. Four of the included studies were case reports of persons with laryngectomy who contracted the COVID-19 virus. One of the included articles was a cohort study that explored the use of telerehabilitation in persons with laryngectomy. Conclusion The hallmarks of preventative strategies for persons with laryngectomy during the COVID-19 pandemic are as follows: physical distancing, use of a three-ply mask or surgical mask to cover the mouth and nose, and use of Heat Moisture Exchange (HME) device over stoma in addition to covering it with a surgical mask or laryngectomy bib. Telerehabilitation, not a preference with this population prior to the pandemic, has gained popularity and acceptance during the COVID-19 situation. The reports of COVID-positive persons with laryngectomy have indicated contrary findings from the tracheal and nasal swabs, necessitating compulsory inclusion of both nasal and tracheal swabs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Laryngectomy; COVID-19; tracheoesophageal speakers; alaryngeal speakers; corona Virus; SARS-COV-2.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Speech and Hearing
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2022 04:26
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2022 04:26

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