Pills are difficult to swallow for everyone - and even more so for people with swallowing disorders. People with dysphagia are disproportionately impacted by medication errors and Speech-Language Pathologists and Nurses are often asked to identify the safest way to administer medications to people with dysphagia.
This course provides participants with information about how pill swallowing affects normal swallow physiology and the impact on people with dysphagia. Medication formulations will be reviewed and strategies for safe swallowing will be provided. Legal implications of altering medications such as crushing tablets, opening capsules, or adding thickeners will be reviewed. Participants will be provided with strategies for improving safe medication administration and reducing medication administration errors in the dysphagia population.
This Seminar-on-Demand is 2 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
|Contact Hours: 2||
Video Course Format: Video
|Target Audience: ATC/LAT, CNA, CSCS/NSCA-CPT, Dietitian/Nutritionist, LVN/LPN, MD/DO, MT/LMT, Non-Clinical, NP, OT/COTA, PA, PhD, PT/PTA, Rec / Activities Director, RN, RPh/PharmD, RT, SLP, SW|
|Instructional Level: Intermediate|
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- Normal swallow physiology variability, including pill swallowing physiology
- Description of medication formulations; administration of various formulations with people with dysphagia
- Cognitive issues and their impact on swallowing and medication administration
- Medication error types; legal and ethical issues related to medication administration
- Medication induced dysphagia
- Dry mouth and medication administration
- Improving medication administration for people with dysphagia; reducing medication errors
- Facilitating swallow function for medication administration
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on administration of medication in dysphagia patients.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Identify the impact of bolus type on normal swallow physiology.
- Identify three medication formulations and the impact of each on medication administration
- List three care resistant behaviors that can interfere with medication administration and at least one intervention for each
- Identify three potential medication errors common with people with dysphagia
- List four potential side effects related to dysphagia associated with medications
- Recognize the impact of dry mouth (Xerostomia) on medication administration
- List four strategies to reduce medication administration errros in patients with dysphagia
- Identify three interventions to facilitate medication administration in individuals with dysphagia
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: 2
Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, Registered Nurses, Dietitian/Nutritionists.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Seminar-On-Demand
- Financial – Angela Mansolillo receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection for the presentation of this course.
- Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
- No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.
This course is offered for 0.20 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).