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Breathing and Swallowing in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

presented by Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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Financial: Angela Mansolillo receives MedBridge speaking fees. She is a Cooley Dickinson Hospital employee and Elms College employee. She receives PESI speaking fees, Continued speaking fees, and Colibri Group (formerly Home CEU) speaking fees. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Angela Mansolillo is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 59 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 53 Minutes

Nowhere is the intersection of breathing and swallowing more important than in critically ill patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). This course will explore the complex interrelationships between ARDS and swallow dysfunction. It will provide clinicians with tools to identify patients with dysphagia and strategies to improve swallow function, with a goal of reducing complications and improving survival and health outcomes.

Meet Your Instructor

Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Angela Mansolillo is a speech-language pathologist and board-certified specialist in swallowing disorders with more than 25 years of experience. She is currently a senior speech-language pathologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she provides evaluation and treatment services for adults and children with dysphagia and is involved in program planning and development for…

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1. Dysphagia in ARDS: Why Do We Care?

Chapter 1 will examine the relationships between swallowing dysfunction and negative outcomes in patients with ARDS. Impacts of dysphagia and ARDS, including pneumonias, tracheostomy, and ICU-acquired weakness, will be included.

2. Dysphagia in ARDS: What Does It Look Like?

This chapter will explore the specific characteristics of dysphagia in patients with ARDS, including breathing-swallow discoordination, tracheostomy impacts, and risk of aspiration.

3. Dysphagia in ARDS: How Can We Identify It?

The characteristics typically associated with dysphagia in ARDS will be examined in order to ensure early identification and to assist with prevention of negative outcomes and prolonged ICU stays.

4. Dysphagia in ARDS: How Can We Help?

In chapter 4, clinicians will be provided with compensatory strategies and airway management techniques for implementation with individuals with ARDS.

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