Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES, EStim) in dysphagia is a controversial topic in the field of speech language pathology. Speech therapists currently use Estim devices in the clinical setting to assist patients with swallowing disorders. However, there are both benefits and risks associated with the use of these devices in swallowing therapy. Furthermore, how much training is necessary for therapists to be considered competent in using this modality and to ensure safety for the patients?
This program provides information on how to determine if Estim is something that the speech therapist wants to add to their therapy tool box. Research related to advantages and disadvantages and case samples are provided so participants are able to understand how this treatment modality can impact their treatment sessions.
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).
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- Dysphagia prevalence and complications
- Concepts and statistices regarding dysphaia and how it impacts patients
- Review of swallowing process/phases
- The swallowing process and dysphagia
- Overview of the swallowing process and how it can be negatively impacted
- What is Estim and what is it supposed to do for patiens with dysphagia.
- Information about estim as a treatment modality and possible benefits
- Research on swallowing and estim
- An overview of both sides of the coin rearding research on estim and swallowing disorders
- Estim Documentation and billing
- How to document and bill estim tretments
- Contraindications and precautions
- Medical conditions and precautions to consider when using estim for as a swallowing
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on how to determine if Estim is something that the speech therapist wants to add to their therapy tool box
At the end of this course the participant will be able to:
- Identify EStim and how to determine if it is safe to use with swallowing patients
- Recall how the swallowing process can be negatively impacted.
- Explain how EStim can impact swallowing patients
- Identify positive and negative research regarding EStim and dysphagia therapy.
- Recognize the necessary components of therapy documentation and billing for EStim with swallowing patients.
- Recall the precautions and contraindications of EStim with swallowing
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 Pathologist
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Seminar-on-demand
The course materials for this webinar are available in our online format available instantly or by mail.
This course is offered for 0.20 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Financial – Verlyn Evans is employed by Liberty University and receives a salary. She receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - Verlyn Evans has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.