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    Medical Speech Language Pathology: The Effects of Disease on Swallowing

    Course Date: October 14, 2017  –  October 14, 2017

    Time: Saturday 8:30AM -  4:00PM

    Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
    Assembly Rooms 1&2
    3599 University Blvd South
    Jacksonville, FL 32216

    Course Description:
    This course is provided by the Brooks IHL in collaboration with the Jacksonville Area Speech Pathology Association (JASPA). Clinicians managing dysphagia need to be sufficiently knowledgeable about the diseases their patients have, to integrate decisions into the overall medical team plan.  Likewise, the health care system has recognized the role of medical SLP’s and now expects us to contribute to a reduction of institutional adverse events related to dysphagia, a role unlike that of any other rehabilitation professional.  This course is designed to provide knowledge not included in professional education and training, but essential to achieve these professional goals.  Topics for presentation and discussion will include dysphagia in the aging adult, dysphagia related to pneumonia, understanding the relationship between dysphagia and the respiratory system, not so common causes of dysphagia, and the beneficial and sometimes unexpected effects of common dysphagia interventions.

    Course Objectives:
    At the end of this course, participants will be able to: 

    • Define specific age-related changes in swallowing anatomy and physiology that are not pathological
    • Define several respiratory, musculoskeletal, and sensorimotor physiologic changes associated with aging that may affect a patient who later acquires disease
    • Describe the difference between ventilation and respiration
    • Define factors that reduce the workload of breathing and facilitate gas exchange at the respiratory membrane
    • Describe the known beneficial and potentially detrimental effects of three common compensatory swallow maneuvers
    • Describe the effects of aspiration on the lung, and identify factors that affect clinician decisions to deploy a “water protocol”
    • Describe the potentially detrimental health effects of thickened liquids and aspiration
    • Describe the difference between aspiration pneumonia caused by dysphagia or by other causes, and other types of pneumonia
    • Define the nature of congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pneumonia
    • Define pleural effusions, pulmonary edema, atelectasis, and pneumothorax, and attribute them to their most likely causes based on medical record review
    • Define sepsis, septicemia, and septic shock, some of its causes and its physiologic outcomes
    • Describe how certain surgical and medical procedures can be related to dysphagia

    James L. Coyle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

    Board Certified Specialist, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
    Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
    University of Pittsburgh

    Intended Audience:
    This course is intended for SLP clinical designations only.

    This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional area).

    Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. See Brooks IHL Course Policies and Procedures for details. If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email info@BrooksIHL.org and we will be happy to help clarify!

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    The Brooks Institute of Higher Learning will provide reasonable accommodations for learners with special needs. Please contact the Brooks IHL @ info@BrooksIHL.org for more information and/or for a special needs accommodation.