The Airway Company Shikani Speaking Valve For Tracheostomy Patients
The Airway Company Shikani Speaking Valve For Tracheostomy Patients

The Airway Company Shikani Speaking Valve For Tracheostomy Patients

Brand/Manufacturer: THE AIRWAY COMPANY
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  • Made in USA

The Airway Companys Shikani Speaking Valve for tracheostomy patients is the first true innovation in the field of phonation speaking valves. This design allows tracheotomy patients to speak and breathe more easily and with significantly less airflow resistance, resulting in increased patient tolerance and comfort as compared to flapper-membrane speaking valves. It allows patients to experience better voice quality and olfaction. The valve is designed to be noticeably smaller and less conspicuous than other speaking valves. This valve is also uniquely designed to work together with the Shikani HME, which allows patients to both speak and warm, humidify and filter inhaled air simultaneously.

The Airway Companys Shikani Speaking Valve Highlights

  • Superior voice quality and speech naturalness
  • Superior olfaction
  • More effective cough
  • Improved swallowing
  • The valve’s discreet, low-profile design

Item #DescPkgRewardPrice 
SSV-C Clear Each $4.90
SSV-B Blue Each $4.90

Shikani Speaking Valve Features

  • Designed to be smaller and less conspicuous for daily use, offering a lower visual profile for the patient
  • Patented, two-way valve offers decreased work of breathing and the ability to adapt the flow and closure characteristics to individual needs of each patient
  • Lightweight ball design offers lower resistance during inhalation, enabling patients to inhale easily
  • Facilitated speech with enhanced naturalness
  • Enables patients to inhale with greater ease, allowing for an improved overall breathing experience and subjectively better voice
  • Includes a retaining lanyard for attaching the valve to the tracheostomy tube to prevent loss of the valve
  • Features an adaptable design that allows patients and clinical professionals to easily control airflow and closure performance
  • Utilizes a unidirectional ball design which offers lower airflow resistance as compared to existing membrane-flapper or disc type valves
  • Use of a speaking valve and an HME together allows tracheostomy patients to receive the benefits of both speech and increased pulmonary health

Indications for Use:

  • To enable airflow through the vocal cords for speaking function
  • To be used with a standard 15mm hub on tracheostomy tubes

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  • Patient should be awake, alert, and have a patent airway before the valve is introduced.
  • Not for use when the patient is asleep
  • Patient should be evaluated by a trained clinical professional for tolerance of the valve.
  • The evaluation should include the following basic measures: oxygen saturation levels, heart rate, and work of breathing for an appropriate duration depending on the patients medical condition
  • Secretion management, suctioning needs, and patients subjective valve tolerance, alertness, and ability to learn new information should also be addressed
  • Patient should be instructed to remove the valve immediately if shortness of breath is experienced
  • For cuffed tracheostomy tubes, ensure that the cuff is fully deflated prior to placing the valve to allow airflow around the tracheostomy tube.

Cleaning Instructions:

  • Do not clean the valve while it is still attached to the tracheostomy tube
  • Once the valve is removed from the inner or outer cannula, it may be cleaned in any proteolytic enzyme cleaner
  • Proteolytic enzyme cleaner is readily available packaged as contact lens cleaner
  • The valve should then be placed in hydrogen peroxide for 10 minutes
  • Clean the valve of any residual secretions by swishing it in the hydrogen peroxide
  • Valve can be cleaned with a cotton swab without fear of damage
  • The hydrogen peroxide should be completely flushed off with tap water
  • Dry thoroughly after cleaning is complete


  • Only use the solutions identified above
  • Do not use a sharp object to assist cleaning
  • Do not leave the valve in hydrogen peroxide for more than 10 minutes as doing so can decrease the life expectancy of the valve

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Is it possible to order the strap separately?  Mine broke, and I don't need to order another SSV for at least a month.  
Anne - 8/8/2016 1:01:43 PM
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Sorry, we don`t have separate strap.available.
Customer Care - 8/10/2016 12:10:20 AM
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Thank you for contacting customer care service.
You can check below product.
Customer Care - 8/9/2016 12:47:48 AM
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I am confused does the valve need something else 
It can't be put directly on shiley cannula 
Like the regular speaking valve
Cynthia Todd - 1/14/2016 6:19:16 PM
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The attached Instructions Guide will assist you in understanding this product better. Hope this helps.
Customer Care - 1/15/2016 12:38:53 AM
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I have a 5 covington shiley trach 
Would it and how would it.  Be different then 
The regular valve 
Cynthia Todd - 1/3/2016 2:14:57 PM
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Thank you for reaching out to us. The attached PDF will help you resolve your query.
Customer Care - 1/4/2016 4:38:54 AM
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what is the life expectancy of the shikani speakung valve and the hme filter
martha - 7/23/2015 1:30:25 AM
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The filter is not removable or replaceable. The HME is a cartridge that must be replaced daily. This prevents risk of bacteria build up.
Customer Service - 7/24/2015 9:21:53 AM
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what is the life expectancy of the shikani hme filter?
martha - 7/24/2015 2:19:32 AM
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Thank you for reaching out to us. 

The valve has a life expectancy of 3 months/90 days of use. Replace the valve 90 days after it was first put into use OR when any of the following occur prior to the 90 day mark: 
1) There is a noticeable change in color of the valve or the inside ball. 
2) There are any visual indentations to the valve body, or any change of shape (caused by accident, abuse, misuse, etc.).
Customer Service - 7/23/2015 3:00:19 AM
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