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Deanna Britton

PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

Deanna Britton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at Portland State University (PSU), and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Northwest Center for Voice & Swallowing in the Department of Otolaryngology (NWCVS) - Head & Neck Surgery at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. She is Board Certified in Neurogenic Communication Disorders in Adults by the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS).

Dr. Britton has published and presented on topics related to dysphagia, dysarthria, augmentative and alternative communication, respiratory support for speech and swallowing, motor neuron disease, and spinal cord injury. Her research interests include respiratory support for swallowing and cough effectiveness.

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Dysphagia and Pulmonary Function Part 1: Anatomy and Clinical Relevance

Presented by Deanna Britton, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

Dysphagia and Pulmonary Function Part 1: Anatomy and Clinical Relevance

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Pulmonary function and pulmonary defenses are highly relevant to dysphagia assessment in adults. This course, with Deanna Britton, introduces key concepts regarding the clinical relevance of pulmonary function for speech language pathologists during dysphagia assessment, and describes key anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the respiratory system. Anatomy will be broken down at a high level, including the features of the thoracic region, and at a cellular level, including alveolar function and gas exchange. After establishing key anatomical features, the course concludes by describing the mechanisms of breathing and pathophysiological processes associated with aspiration pneumonia and other conditions.

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Dysphagia and Pulmonary Function Part 2: Pulmonary Defense Mechanisms

Presented by Deanna Britton, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

Dysphagia and Pulmonary Function Part 2: Pulmonary Defense Mechanisms

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Pulmonary function and pulmonary defenses are highly relevant to dysphagia assessment in adults. This course, with Deanna Britton, provides an in-depth review of the body's pulmonary defense systems that are relevant to SLPs assessing patients for dysphagia. The course begins by describing cellular level defenses employed in the respiratory tract and lungs, and then covers reflexive defenses including cough and other expiratory reactions. The course concludes with a discussion of pulmonary defenses at the alveolar level, such as the alveolar macrophage. The goal of this course is both to describe pulmonary defense mechanisms, and to help participants understand how impairments of pulmonary defenses can contribute to risk for pneumonia.

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Dysphagia and Pulmonary Function Part 3: Pulmonary Function Measures

Presented by Deanna Britton, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

Dysphagia and Pulmonary Function Part 3: Pulmonary Function Measures

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Whether administered by the SLP or by other members of the allied health team, data obtained by pulmonary function measures is vital to consider during evaluations for dysphagia. This course, with Deanna Britton, provides the theoretical and research background behind different types of pulmonary function tests. The course begins with a description of the recent history of pulmonary function measures and the current options available to SLPs and the healthcare team in a variety of settings. Dr. Britton then describes how these measures are relevant to dysphagia assessment and dysphagia related pathological processes. The course concludes with a lab section demonstrating pulmonary function measures that can be administered in a clinical setting.

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