Dysphagia: An Interdisciplinary Approach


Because of the complexity of dysphagia and the effects on an individual’s health, it is important for healthcare organizations to provide comprehensive care for the person with dysphagia, especially when providing treatment to those with complex medical needs. To provide this comprehensive care, organizations need an interdisciplinary team approach to the identification and management of dysphagia. In this course, you will learn the basic anatomy and physiology of the swallowing mechanism, the process for identifying the presence of dysphagia, the various techniques used in the management of dysphagia, and the role of each team member in this management. Disclosures: Jayanti Ray and Amy Reinstein have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-C2L-1256
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2019
Learning Objectives:
Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the swallowing mechanism.
Explain how to identify the presence of dysphagia.
Discuss the techniques used to manage dysphagia.
Identify the role each interdisciplinary team member has in the management of dysphagia.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Basic Anatomy and Physiology A. Meet Sally B. A Few Definitions C. Anatomy of the Swallow D. Physiology of the Swallow E. Neural Control F. Review G. Summary Section 3: Identifying Dysphagia A. Causes of Dysphagia B. Dysphagia Screening C. Water Swallow Test D. Performing the Test E. Symptoms of Dysphagia F. Nursing Assessment G. Swallow Evaluation H. Instrumental Assessment I. Review J. Summary Section 4: Management of Dysphagia A. Goals of Dysphagia Treatment B. Diet Modifications C. Thickened Liquids D. Associated Risks E. Free Water Protocol F. Compensatory Techniques G. Importance of Oral Care H. Feeding Tubes I. Review J. Summary Section 5: The Interdisciplinary Team A. The Goals of the IDT B. The Team Members C. Other Team Members D. Review E. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. References C. Course Contributor D. Congratulations

Expert Reviewer: Amy Reinstein, M.S., CCC – SLP
Amy Reinstein, M.S., CCC – SLP has been practicing speech language pathology for 8 years focusing on the dysphagia and neurogenic communication adult population. Amy has worked in various New York City acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, short term rehabilitation centers, home health care, and outpatient private practice. She has extensive experience in performing and evaluating Modified Barium Swallow Studies. Her teaching experience includes supervising Clinical Fellows to attain their certification, as well as certified speech–language pathologists in home health and skilled nursing facilities. Amy has also worked extensively with the New York City Board of Education K- 12 and Special Education schools. Special projects include publishing various articles for trade magazines and blogs, contributing to CEU courses, publishing of a live website, and creating clinical assessments and evaluations. She is currently authoring a speech and language textbook and conducting a research study in dysphagia. Disclosure: Amy Reinstein, M.S., CCC – SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: intermediate level Activities Professional; intermediate level Case Managers; intermediate level Dietitians; intermediate level Nurses; intermediate level Physical Therapists; intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Home Health, Hospital, Long-term Care, Residential Care.
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