Understanding Aspiration in Dysphagic Patients - CHES29

Understanding Aspiration in Dysphagic Patients

by Sarah Pflugradt, MS, RDN, LDN
(4.7 / 117 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (2.00 CECH)

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


Dysphagia, or difficulty in swallowing, is common in patients with neurological disorders and in older patients. Dysphagia increases the risk of aspiration, and it can lead to aspiration pneumonia and death. Registered dietitian nutritionists play a unique role as part of the healthcare team when caring for patients at risk for aspiration. Dietetics professionals can assess a patient’s aspiration risk and implement dietary strategies to prevent aspiration while simultaneously putting in place interventions to prevent malnutrition and dehydration. This course covers both the National Dysphagia Diet and the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative. Dysphagia diets can be used to reduce the risk of aspiration while providing adequate energy and nutrients to prevent malnutrition.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide registered dietitian nutritionists and other associated healthcare staff with information about dysphagia, how to identify patients at risk for aspiration, and how to develop dietary interventions to prevent aspiration while ensuring appropriate calories and nutrients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss observable signs of swallowing problems and conditions that increase aspiration risk.
  • Describe the dietary modifications for each level of the National Dysphagia Diet.
  • Describe and understand the levels for the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI).

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians/nutritionists, and health educators.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 2.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 2/28/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/3/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/3/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Jeri D - Normangee, TX  ·  Mar 15, 2019
The course provided a lot of valuable information when determining the risks of aspiration and interventions for improving intake of nourishment.
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Karla M - Normangee, TX  ·  Feb 06, 2019
very informative; nice pace.
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Arlie G - Normangee, TX  ·  Jan 22, 2019
Great review! A must for everyone taking care of patients with swallowing problems.
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Jody E - Burleson, TX  ·  Aug 07, 2018
This course was very helpful and would recommend to others.
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Diana P - Land O Lakes, FL  ·  Sep 13, 2017
really appreciate this review.
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50