Mealtime is often a very pleasurable experience that not only provides the body nourishment but also serves as an opportunity to socialize with family, friends, and even caregivers. However, it can be especially hazardous for some individuals. The normal aging process, medical conditions or diagnoses, and even certain medications increase the risk of injury or death from choking and aspiration. This course provides an overview of safe swallowing and feeding techniques to help prevent aspiration. It is designed to enhance caregiver knowledge and ensure caregiver competency in providing effective care during meals including measures to take to prevent complications.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.
Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CE1730001
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Relias, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Department of Public Health, Provider # NAC7001.
The certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of four (4) years after the course is completed.
This learning activity meets the definition of *** ONLINE *** CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Dysphagia and Aspiration
C. Risk for Aspiration Pneumonia
Section 3: Warning Signs
A. Warning Signs
Section 4: Mealtime Preparations
A. Before the Meal
C. Dining Set-Up
Section 5: Techniques for Safe Swallowing
A. Level of Consciousness
B. The Swallowing Plan
C. Dysphagia Diet
D. Thickened Liquids
E. Feeding Techniques
F. After Mealtime
Section 6: Oral Health A. Saliva
B. Dry Mouth
C. Preventive Care
D. Oral Care
Section 7: Conclusion
B. Course Contributor
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN worked as a critical care nurse in an Intensive Care Unit of a community hospital and that experience provided significant training in caring for older adults. Her experience and knowledge led her to nursing education where she taught at a community college as she received her Master's in Nurse Education at Western Carolina University. As a nursing instructor, she spent time in many types of care settings including medical-surgical inpatient and community living centers. Her passion for education and training has most recently led her to a position as Subject Matter Expert and Content Writer for Relias. She is currently developing her medical writing skills through the University of California San Diego's medical writing program. Disclosure: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor
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