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Assessing Cough In Dysphagia Practice

# e74   Assessing Cough In Dysphagia Practice

by Teresa Pitts, PhD, CCC-SLP

0.35 CEUs

$ 69.00

When patients cough during or after a meal how significant is this event? Are there means to determine if the cough is related to dysphagia? This timely course is very research-focused and examines the literature on cough and dysphagia to help speech-language pathologists and other healthcare professionals make evidence-based decisions related to the cough event. Participants will learn the phases of cough and understand how each cough phase is produced. Covered will be diagnosis and treatment techniques and how to use cough measurement along with other respiratory/swallow measures.  Offered for 0.35 ASHA CEU – 3.5 contact hours.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

Course Format: Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and recognize phases of cough.
  2. Understand how each cough phase is produced.
  3. Begin to use diagnosis and treatment techniques clinically.
  4. Begin to use cough measurement along with other respiratory/swallow measures.
  5. Understand what diseases and conditions could affect cough.

A score of 80% or better must be received on the post-test in order to 
receive a certificate of completion.

Teresa Pitts, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant research professor in the department of Physiological Sciences at the University of Florida.  She received her bachelor and master of art degrees in Communicative Disorders at the University of Central Florida and there also received her clinical certification for Speech Language Pathology.  She completed her doctorate in 2010 at the University of Florida, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, where her studies focused on the study of airway protection in patients with Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Pitts’ work focuses on increasing our understanding of the coordination of cough and swallow through basic science, clinical, and computational modeling research techniques. Dr. Pitts is also working on developing novel treatment techniques for dysphagia and dystussia.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Teresa Pitts is the author of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Teresa Pitts is employed by The University of Florida; receives salary.

Financial — Teresa Pitts receives funding through a Pathway To Independence K99/R00 Award through the National Institutes of Health; receives grant funding.

Nonfinancial — Teresa Pitts has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Intended Audience

  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.35 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 3.5 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

ASHA CE Registry:  During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 03/31/2014.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

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"I really appreciate this course. The research orientation is a little bit hard to follow for a clinical SLP, but really good to get a taste of this once in awhile and try to bridge the large gap between therapists in a very academic and research oriented setting and those in a clinical and basically for-profit oriented setting where cost mediates clinical decision making. I appreciate the specific treatment information provided (using EMST and cough suppression technique). These are things I will use in the clinic tomorrow (already using EMST). Also, the speaker was very knowledgeable and informative. Thanks for this! I feel like I have been brought up to date on a very important topic." – T.C. (Jan. 2017)

"The speaker did an excellent job of providing just enough visual information on the slides, along with additional information presented verbally. This was honestly one of the best courses I have reviewed. Information was clearly and adequately presented. Information was very relevant and interesting. Great topic, unique offering, information that many many SLPs need to know. Thank you." – C.B. (Dec. 2016)

"I liked the cough anatomy." D.K. (July 2016)

"The presentation of phases of cough was especially helpful. I appreciated the increased understanding of cough and relationship to swallowing." C.O. (July 2016)

"Learning about how cough can be treated was most beneficial. I like that the course included helpful new information treatment."  D.W. (July 2016)

"I enjoyed the review regarding coughing and it's relationship to speech and other disorders. I thought this was a little challenging and very trial specific. I would prefer a more generalized e-course." B.C. (June 2016)

"I liked the speaker's knowledge of info. Sections 2 & 3 were most useful." K.F. (June 2016)

"The Baclofen medication affect on cough was very enlightening." D.R. (June 2016)

"The treatment for hypertussis was really helpful. I liked the emphasis on importance of thorough assessment of cough in dysphagia patients." J.M. (May 2016)

"I really appreciated the discussions about stroke and Parkinson's patients. I liked the thoroughness and the passion the presenter has for her work and our profession." – M.R. (Apr. 2016)

"The EMST and IMST strategies were most beneficial. I enjoyed the research behind cough and dysphagia." L.M. (Apr. 2016)

"There are very few courses that address cough in our profession so it was nice to review so many of the topics that are specific to cough. The content was fantastic." T.W. (Apr. 2016)

"I appreciated the going over the phases of cough and how they affect ability to clear airway. However, I expected a clinical application for SNF's." T.C. (Apr. 2016)

"It was broken up nicely by topic. It was reviewed appropriately to ensure content was understood. Looking at the esophagus and trachea as a dual valve system was very useful." E.M. (Mar. 2016)

"Loved the organization, repetitiveness of key concepts, and functional implications. I really appreciated the deeper understanding of the neurology and physiology of cough, use of cough as an adjunct to other clinical assessments for swallow, and affirmation of my treatment of hypertussia and use of control techniques even if cough is reflexively generated." J.W. (Jan. 2016)

 

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