Acute illness and hospitalization have been linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline, particularly for older adults. Acutely ill patients may have pre-existing memory impairments from conditions such as dementia or new memory changes due to the acute condition, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, or hypoxic respiratory failure. Impairments in short-term and/or long-term memory can significantly impact quality of life and independence. In this course, case scenarios will guide the speech-language pathologist through screening, evaluation, treatment, and discharge planning with involvement of the interdisciplinary team, family, and caregivers.
0.10 ASHA CEUs
Approved for 1.0000 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.0000 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Memory Impairment Considerations in Acute Care
Why It Matters
Impact of Acute Illness
Strokes and Memory Impairment
Brain Injuries and Memory Impairment
Age-Related Memory Changes and Dementia
Acute Care Focus
Section 3: Assessing Memory Impairment
Assessment of Memory
Section 4: Treating Memory Impairment
Prevention and Treatment Measures
External Compensatory Strategies: Low-Tech Aids
External Compensatory Strategies: High-Tech Aids
Internal Memory Strategies
Section 5: Considering a Patient’s Memory Deficit
Treating Dysphagia with a Memory Deficit
Treating Communication Impairments with a Memory Deficit
Discharge Planning with a Memory Deficit
Caregiver and Team Education
Section 6: Clinical Vignette
Section 7: Conclusion
Omnia Radwan is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with five years of experience. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Carolina State University and her Master of Education degree in communication disorders from North Carolina Central University. Omnia is a senior clinician at Duke University Hospital providing speech-language pathology services to adult patients. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Omnia Radwan, M.Ed., CCC-SLP discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as Collecting Speaker's Fees All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Staff Writer: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
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