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FEES: Normal Variant vs. Anatomical Abnormality

presented by Gerrita Morris, MA, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Gerrita Morris is the owner of Dysphagia Solutions Inc., and a consultant for Community Care Partners Inc. She also receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Gerrita Morris has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 40 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 27 Minutes

In recent years, due to technological advances in camera and light quality in FEES, it has become more prevalent and respected in the instrumental evaluation of swallowing. Recent research has shown that more anatomical abnormalities are being identified via FEES, which allows the SLP to make appropriate referrals for swift treatment. However, there is limited training and education available with a focus on FEES. This course will aid clinicians in understanding the difference between normal variants of anatomy and anatomical abnormalities to ensure that overreferring or underreferring is not a problem. Additionally, clinicians will be able to identify anatomical abnormalities and provide the appropriate referrals to the correct specialists, which will ensure an expeditious treatment is provided. Speech-language pathologists who work in any medical setting (acute care hospitals, private practice, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care, long-term acute care hospitals, rehab hospitals, specialty hospitals, etc.) or who plan to work in a medical setting will benefit from this course.

Meet Your Instructor

Gerrita Morris, MA, CCC-SLP

Gerrita Morris is the president of Dysphagia Solutions Inc. and is based in Wesley Chapel, Florida. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1991 and 1993, respectively. Ms. Morris has been a speech-language pathologist for 28 years and has worked across a…

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1. Normal Variant vs. Anatomical Abnormality

Normal variants will be presented to provide visual examples and descriptions of anatomy observed during FEES. Clinicians will examine the differences to ensure appropriate referrals to specialists.

2. Defining Anatomical Abnormalities

Anatomical abnormalities as visualized during FEES will be presented. The abnormalities will be detailed with descriptive terminology, without diagnosing, to ensure proper referrals are completed.

3. To Refer or Not to Refer

Anatomical abnormalities and anatomical variants as visualized during FEES will be presented. The abnormalities and variants will be explained, and the proper way to proceed with referrals will be discussed.

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