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Nutrition, Hydration, and Dysphagia: Nursing Concerns

presented by Pamela Masters-Farrell, MSN, RN, CRRN and Cindy Nehe, MS, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Cindy Nehe and Pamela Masters-Farrell receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Video Runtime: 12 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 23 Minutes

Nurses play an important role in identifying potential swallowing issues and working with the interdisciplinary team on a plan to prevent aspiration. This course gives students an overview of how to identify patients with dysphagia, what anatomy/physiology is affected, and what can be done about the dysphagia. This course is applicable for nurses who work with rehabilitation patients in acute care, post-acute care, home health, or long-term care settings.

Meet Your Instructors

Pamela Masters-Farrell, MSN, RN, CRRN

Pam Farrell has worked, educated, and participated in research in nursing, particularly rehabilitation nursing, since 1975. She has been responsible for management and staff development for rehabilitation facilities from 1985 to the present and is currently designing and publishing multimedia computer-based training programs for rehabilitation professionals and working as a Clinical Educator for Rehab ClassWorks,…

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Cindy Nehe, MS, CCC-SLP

Cindy Nehe has been a Speech Therapist since 2002. She has worked in a variety of settings including education, skilled nursing, outpatient, home health, acute inpatient rehabilitation, and acute care. Cindy is currently in management for an acute care hospital that specializes in cardiac and trauma care. Evaluating and treating patients with dysphagia is a…

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1. Anatomy of the Mouth and Throat

Nurses provide data and feedback to other team members. Accuracy of this data is dependent on the ability to use anatomically correct terms during documentation and communication. This chapter reviews the anatomy of the mouth and throat, emphasizing the structures that help to protect the airway.

2. Physiology of Swallowing

In order to understand aspiration risk and the strategies used to reduce this risk, the nurse must understand the physiology of swallowing. Stages of swallowing, the movement of food and liquid boluses, and protective actions of the larynx are explored.

3. Common Swallowing Problems

Swallowing problems can occur at any point in the eating and swallowing process. Awareness of the different types of problems that may occur helps the rehabilitation nurse to be alert for signs of swallowing problems. Problems that occur before, during, or after swallowing are addressed in this chapter. The nurse must recognize risk and know when and why a patient should not have anything by mouth until further assessment is completed. This chapter identifies the cardinal signs of high risk and reviews actions that should be taken when they are noted.

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