Throughout the U.S., our Healthcare statistics depict that we are seeing patients with increasing medical complexities to include high levels of comorbidities and polypharmacy. Heart Failure, COPD and Pneumonia rank as the highest risks for readmissions to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. The SLP's role to treat and monitor high-risk symptoms is more critical now than ever.
This course provides direction through complicating etiologies of patients with cardiac and pulmonary disease processes, along with the significant poly-pharmacy that goes with these clinical scenarios. This includes effective, evidence-based resources and interpretive guidelines for the assessment and management of complex medical dysphagia patients.
Following an overview of Heart Failure and Pulmonary Disease Processes, the course then addresses relevant information to include assessing breath sounds, understanding medications and inhalation therapy including their common adverse effects, evidence-based studies on thickened liquids and practical therapeutic applications for working with cardiopulmonary disease processes. Finally, case studies are presented with applications of information reviewed throughout the course.
This seminar-on-demand is 8 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
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- The Increasing Complexity Of
- Cardiopulmonary Patients
- Importance of reducing Hospital Readmissions
- Research of HF & COPD with Dysphagia
- Prevalence of Heart Failures
- Definition Heart Failure
- Causes of Left Heart Failure
- Causes of Right Heart Failure
- Inhalation Therapy and Oral Health
- Effects of Lower pH on Tooth Decay
- Effects of the Beta -2 Agonists
- Effects of Corticosteroids on Oral Mucosa
- Xerostomia with Inhalation Therapy
- Dental Caries & Inhalation Therapy
- Clinical Management of Oral Effects
- Predictors of Aspiration at Bedside
- Common Anticoagulants
- Common Drugs to treat Hyperlipidemia
- Pharmacotherapy for Heart Failure:
- Beta Blockers
- Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (or inhibitors)
- Angiotensin- Receptor Neprolysin Inhibitors (ARNIs)
- Calcium Channel Blockers
- Mucolytic Agents
- Traditional techniques for dysphagia- which ones require a breath hold?
- Discussion and review of 8 different exercises
- Review techniques and rationales for each of the following:
- Meal-related strategies
- Posture strategies
- Breathing strategies
- Communication strategies
- Energy conservation strategies
- Normal breath Sounds
- Review of clinical condition and medical history
- Vital signs and medications
- Rationale on why the need to monitor:
- Blood Pressure
- Shortness of Breath
- O2 levels
- Lung sounds
- Change in cognition
- Vocal Quality
- Bolus Size
- Review research findings of COPD & swallowing (R. Gross)
- Research findings on thickened liquids and dehydration
- Findings of delayed disintegration of specific BCS classes of medication with thickened liquids
- Findings with thickened liquids and their effects with pts who have dementia
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on patients with cardiac and pulmonary disease processes, along with the significant poly-pharmacy that goes with these clinical scenarios.
- List research determined correlation between dysphagia and the most common cardiopulmonary diseases.
- Identify at least 4 clinical signs and symptoms of patients with cardiopulmon ary disease.
- Identify the adverse effects linked to inhalation therapy.
- List at least 5 pharmacologi c treatments for the cardiopulmonary patient, along with their most common adverse effects.
- List the traditional dysphagia techniques that are counterprodu ctive for patients with COPD.
- List therapeutic strategies found to be effective with patients who have moderate to severe COPD.
- Identify differences in breath sounds, to include how they differ and what respiratory symptom each represent.
- Identify the required precautions noted in the final case study.
- List Evidence Based practice results of research for COPD with Dysphagia, Aspiration risks and thickened liquids.
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.
Contact Hours: 8
Target Audience: Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech Language Pathologist, Registered Dietitians and Nursing
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Seminar-on-demand
This course is offered for 0.80 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Financial – Lisa Milliken is employed by Windsor Rehab and receives a salary. She receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com 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.
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