Understanding Aspiration in Dysphagic Patients
by Instructor: Katherine Marya Dodd, MS, RD, CSG, LD; Instructor: Sarah Pflugradt, MS, RDN, LDN

$32.00

i 2.00 CEH

Course Overview

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.

About the Course Author

Sarah Pflugradt, MS, RDN, LDN, is a nutrition educator at Southwestern Illinois College, a freelance writer, and an author. Sarah enjoyed her many years of clinical dietetics working with all age groups but especially loved her time at PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) in Wyoming working with older adults.  Sarah Pflugradt, MS, RDN, LDN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

  • Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    This program is approved for 2.0 hours by the Dietary Managers Association. Approval code 164124.
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration

    2.00HOURS

    Relias LLC is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program, or materials. CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 2.0 Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of this activity/material.

    Activity Number: 113629 Learning Need Code(s): 3020, 3050 3090, 5210 CPE Level: Level II

    Dietitians/nutritionists may submit activity evaluations directly to CDR; QualityCPE@eatright.org, or mail to: Commission on Dietetic Registration, Attn: Accredited Provider Unit, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

    Critical Thinking Evaluation Tool
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition

    2.00HOURS

    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition accepts medical errors courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health. Relias Learning, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing, provider # 50-290. This course is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Certified Health Education Specialist

    2.00HOURS

    Sponsored by Relias LLC, 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.


Course Details

  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-RD29
  • Hours:

    2.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-05-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-12-03
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe and understand the levels for the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI).; Describe the dietary modifications for each level of the National Dysphagia Diet; Describe the dietary modifications for each level of the National Dysphagia Diet.; Discuss observable signs of swallowing problems and conditions that increase aspiration risk; Discuss observable signs of swallowing problems and conditions that increase aspiration risk.; Identify criteria for when a dietitian should be involved in dysphagia screening, based on diagnosis or nutrition prescription
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Dietitians; Health Educators; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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