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Current Topics in Dysphagia Management

Format(s):   Home-study
Discipline(s):   Occupational Therapy / Speech-Language
Contact Hours:   6
Registration Fee:   $171

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 1. Identify risk factors for aspiration pneumonia in dysphagia patients 2. Describe three pulmonary clearance mechanisms and their implications for pneumonia risk 3. Differentiate between effective and non-effective methods for oral hygiene 4. Identify the pros and cons of the use of free water with dysphagia patients 5. Differentiate between normal and disordered swallowing function specific to laryngeal penetration, dwell times, and normal aging 6. Identify appropriate and non-appropriate candidates for oral and/or pharyngeal exercise 7. List the ethical considerations in the treatment of dysphagia specific to end of life issues, patient compliance, and clinician competencies

Target Audience
Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologist

Effective dysphagia management involves consideration of a number of factors that may potentially impact safe and efficient swallowing. Recommendations regarding diet, therapeutic techniques, or non-oral feeding can have implications well beyond the swallow system they are designed to impact. Dysphagia clinicians are faced with large amounts of information from a variety of sources, some of it conflicting, as we struggle to provide our clients with the best advice and counsel. This course reviews the available evidence in a number of areas of dysphagia management including use of thick liquids, exercise and electrical stimulation, oral hygiene, and risk factors for aspiration pneumonia to assist clinicians in decision-making. Normal swallow characteristics, which are sometimes misdiagnosed as dysphagia including prolonged dwell times and laryngeal penetration were discussed. Ethical considerations impacting dysphagia management including patient compliance and end-of-life issues will also be reviewed.

Dates and Locations
Purchase Address:   Home-study
Dates:   01-01-2020 - 01-01-2020, 12:00AM 12:00AM