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Breathing and Swallowing in Patients With COPD

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.

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

This course will explore dysphagia as it manifests in COPD. It will also provide clinicians with tools to identify patients with dysphagia, with a goal of reducing complications, including pneumonia and acute exacerbations. Clinicians will also leave this course with strategies to improve swallow and respiratory dysfunction and to improve outcomes in these chronically ill patients.

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 COPD: Why Does It Matter?

Chapter 1 will examine the relationships between swallowing dysfunction and negative outcomes in patients with COPD, including pneumonias and acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPDs).

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

This chapter will explore the specific characteristics of dysphagia in patients with COPD, including breathing-swallow discoordination, anatomical and physiological changes, and the contribution of GER.

3. Dysphagia in COPD: How Can We Assess It?

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

4. Dysphagia in COPD: How Can We Help?

In chapter 4, clinicians will be provided with compensatory strategies, management tips, and exercises to improve swallow function in individuals with COPD.

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