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Screening and Bedside Swallow Evaluation Across the Continuum of Care

presented by Jo Puntil, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, F-ASHA and Debra Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, F-ASHA

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Jo Puntil is a-full time employee at Intermountain Health and an affiliate instructor for MedBridge. She also receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Deb Suiter receives royalties from MedBridge and from Thieme Medical Publishers. She is an employee of the University of Kentucky. She also receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

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Jo Puntil has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Deb Suiter is an ASHA CFCC Volunteer.

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: 64 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 38 Minutes

Screening is the first step in the continuum of dysphagia assessment. There are many different approaches to screening, and clinicians are often unclear about which one to use. In this course, we will discuss methods of screening, how to choose the best screening approach, and how to implement screening in various healthcare settings. Clinical swallow evaluations are often the next step after screening. In this course, we will discuss components of a clinical swallow evaluation. We will delineate what can and cannot be ascertained regarding swallow function during a clinical swallow evaluation. Finally, we will discuss how screening and clinical swallow evaluation can be incorporated in various healthcare settings, including intensive care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient settings.

Meet Your Instructors

Jo Puntil, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, F-ASHA

Jo Puntil is an ASHA Fellow, past chair of the CFCC, and a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. She has extensive experience in developing interdisciplinary rehab programs/teams throughout southern California and Utah, specifically in the areas of critical and acute care. Jo has lectured nationally for more than 30 years. She has numerous…

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Debra Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, F-ASHA

Debra Suiter is the director of the Voice and Swallow Clinic and an associate professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Suiter has been a speech-language pathologist for 24 years and…

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1. Screening

In this chapter, we will discuss the key differences between screening and evaluations. Models of screening and methods by which the best screening approach can be chosen will be reviewed.

2. Clinical Swallow Evaluation: Acute Versus Outpatient Settings

In this chapter, we will discuss components of the clinical swallow evaluation. We will explain what can and cannot be ascertained about oral and pharyngeal swallow function based on clinical swallow evaluation alone.

3. How to Implement Screening and Clinical Swallow Evaluations Across Care Settings

In this chapter, we will discuss how to incorporate protocols for screening and clinical swallow evaluations in various clinical settings. Presenters will discuss personal experiences in implementing both in the settings in which they work.

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