Providing good patient care and avoiding harm are the cornerstones of ethical practice. Healthcare workers want to do the right thing, but it isn’t always clear how they should proceed. Every situation is somewhat different, and ethical dilemmas can arise even when a hospital has policies in place to address them.
This course will include:
- multiple case studies
- complex decisions posed by SLPs
- studies citing contributing facts for decision making
- the importance of meaningful dysphagia assessment
- the complexity of truly informed consents
- the importance of treatment balanced with quality-of-life decisions
These ethical considerations, however, illustrate that there are no easy answers to complex situations. Through research based evidence and skills cited by experienced therapists, this course will equip the SLP to be more equipped to respond appropriately and respectfully to similar challenges that may arise in their setting.
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- Risks and consequences of the PEG tube
- Parenteral hydration/nutrition
- Surveys of families regarding feeding tubes
- Different viewpoints from families and religious spokesmen
- Research results
- The process of dying
- NPO or Informed Consent?
- Addressing issues of a patient with a poor prognosis
- Balancing factors of quality of life vs. safety and liability
- The dementia patient and thickened liquids
- Clinical pros and cons of thickened liquids
- Evidence based research regarding thickened liquids
- Hospice patient requesting different textures/diet upgrade
- Risks of implementing free water protocol
- Addressing patients’ needs with progressive disease, who has limited family support and no funding
- Factors to consider regarding timing of when to suggest a swallow study
- How to address the significant inconsistencies in language/cognition noted in patient’s abilities from day to day
- Multiple factors to consider for determining codes/medical diagnoses for a patient who has deficits and requires skilled therapy, but who has no obvious code to bill the claim.
Course Goals & Objectives:
Course Goals: This course is intended to instruct the professional on responding appropriately and respectfully to similar challenges that may arise in their setting.
At the end of this course the participant will be able to:
- Describe at least 5 risks associated with PEG Tubes.
- Cite 3 negative consequences of thickened liquids.
- List 3 recommendations for the SLP’s role in recommending tube feeding.
- List 3 ICD-10 coding restrictions when billing for a speech-language or cognition deficit.
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Contact Hours: 5 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists
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 - Lisa Milliken is the Director of Compliance & Education for Synergy Care and receives a salary. Lisa Milliken received a salary for the presentation of this course from HomeCEUConnection.com.
Nonfinancial - Lisa Milliken serves as the Louisiana representative to ASHA's State Medicare Administrative Contractor Network. 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
Cancellation Policy: For activity cancellation, returns, or complaint resolution, please contact Anne Osborn by email Anne@HomeCEU or by phone at 1.800.55.4CEUS (2387). We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Refunds will be issued for courses that have not been completed (exam not taken), or for any course that has been rejected by your board of approval. Webinar attendance must be canceled 24 hours before the scheduled start time.