Aspiration pneumonia is an important and dangerous consequence of dysphagia but every patient with swallowing impairment does not necessarily develop pneumonia. More frequently, dysphagia clinicians are being asked to assess not just aspiration risk but risk of developing pneumonia from aspiration. How do we accomplish that? By identifying the factors that potentially increase the risk of pneumonia in our patients with swallowing disorders. This course will review the evidence base in the areas of aspiration and aspiration pneumonia and will describe the risk factors, both modifiable and non-modifiable, for pneumonia in various patient populations, including respiratory compromise, reduced oral health, dehydration and undernutrition. Strategies to mitigate pneumonia risk via addressing modifiable risk factors, including oral hygiene techniques, free water protocols, and nutritional interventions will be discussed.
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- Description and diagnosis
- Types of pneumonia
- Risk Factors related to the aspirate
- Patient risk factors
- Increasing patient participation
- Increasing staff compliance
• Improving nutrition
o Tube Feeding Pros/Cons
o Improving hydration
• Improving Hydration
o Dehydration consequences
o Free Water
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on making more informed decisions regarding diet modifications and to implement strategies to impact those modifiable risk factors.
1. Define and describe aspiration pneumonia
2. Identify three risk factors for development of aspiration pneumonia in patients with dysphagia
3. Describe three strategies to improve oral health and hygiene
4. Identify three strategies to improve nutrition in patients with dysphagia
5. Identify patients who would and would not be appropriate for inclusion in a free water protocol
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Contact Hours: 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech Language Pathologist, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrator, Respiratory Therapist
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
This course is offered for 0.30 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Financial – Angela Mansolillo is employed by Cooley Dickinson Hospital and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service