Dysphagia Screening and Assessment
by Nursing CE Catalog
Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, can be caused by any condition that weakens the muscles and nerves of the human body. These conditions can be sudden in nature such as stroke, Guillain-Barré syndrome, or myasthenia gravis. Progressive conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may also result in dysphagia. If dysphagia goes undiagnosed and unmanaged, it can lead to more serious health problems such as weight loss, nutritional deficits, and, in many cases, aspiration pneumonia.The purpose/goal of this course is to explain the reasons for performing a swallowing test on a client and to describe dysphagia as it affects clients with stroke.Learning ObjectivesAt the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will do the following: • List the reasons for performing a swallow screening on admission to a hospital or when there is a change in condition during the hospital stay.• Describe the techniques used to identify dysphagia to help prevent aspiration pneumonia in those who are susceptible.Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. A maximum of 1.5 contact hours may be earned for successful completion of this activity.Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 13664, for 1.5 contact hours.This activity is an online enduring material. Successful completion is achieved by reading and/or viewing the material(s), reflecting on its implications in your practice, and completing the assessment component.The ideas and opinions presented in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Annenberg Center and/or its agents. As in all educational activities, we encourage practitioners to use their own judgement in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account that patient’s unique clinical situation. The Annenberg Center disclaims all liability and cannot be held responsible for any problems that may arise from participating in this activity or following treatment recommendations presented. The estimated time to complete the activity is 1.5 hour(s).This course released on June 1, 2017 and expires on May 31, 2019.