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Aspiration: Risks, Recognition, and Prevention

Author: Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI, Susan DePasquale, MA, MSN, PMHNP-BC
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CE: 2.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 13627 reviews

Course Summary

Both national safety and health facility protocols guide clinical practice in the area of aspiration risk precaution and treatment. Multiple factors influence the risk for aspiration risk and aspiration complications. Interventions in acute care and long-term settings include preventing aspiration, knowing factors that put a patient at risk for aspiration, and prompt recognition and treatment of aspiration.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  1. Pathophysiology, Etiology, and Prevalence


  1. Gastrointestinal Tract and Aspiration
  1. Oral Cavity
  2. Pharynx
  3. Esophagus
  1. Swallowing and Aspiration

Oral, Pharyngeal, and Esophageal Phases

  1. Dysphagia
  1. Reflexes and Aspiration
  1. Cough Reflex
  2. Gag Reflex
  3. Expiration Reflex
  4. Esophago-glottal, Laryngeal, and Pharyngo-glottal Reflexes
  1. Causes of Aspiration
  1. Outcomes and Complications of Aspiration
  1. Aspiration Pneumonia
  2. Aspiration Pneumonitis and ARDS
  1. Screening and Prevention Strategies
  1. Screening for Aspiration
  2. Aspiration Prevention Interventions
  1. Case Studies: Pediatric Aspiration
  1. Case Study 1: Foreign Body Aspiration with Pneumonitis/ARDS
  2. Case Study 2: 18-Month-Old Female
  1. Summary


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