Presenter: Paula Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
– L.C., prior course participant
Problems with swallowing, feeding, diet, and nutrition are common in the medically fragile and frail elder and often emerge during an acute event when prognosis is unclear. Thus, solutions are limited, fraught with emotion, and made with limited evidence regarding the most appropriate goals of care.
This comprehensive presentation will discuss the impact of illness and deconditioning on swallowing, review evidence-based interventions, and provide a clear framework to guide the practitioner, team, and family with decision-making that is appropriate and realistic, and more importantly, patient-focused. Information on how to communicate and document care plans and address challenging situations will be discussed. Case presentation will be an integral part of the presentation to illustrate these concepts.
Course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs – 2.5 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:38:45
– L.D., prior course participant
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 in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"I appreciate the suggestions and tools to assist with having these difficult conversations with family members. Lots of examples, resources, and tools for decision making." D.W. (Feb. 2024)
"The course content was all great, and I liked the references." C.O. (Nov. 2023)
"Tube feeding decision-making and palliative care were helpful topics. The videos were highly beneficial." R.K. (Nov. 2023)
"Realistic course. The discussion of instrumental assessment, clinical assessment, QOL, and goals of care was beneficial." S.W. (Oct. 2023)
"The decision-making in end-of-life within the hospital setting was a helpful topic. I liked the excerpts and examples of phrasing for documentation." S.C. (Sep. 2023)
"I liked the resources that I can share with patients and their families to aid in decision-making. This course supported my thought that instrumental testing is not always necessary for decision-making unless people are unsure of their decision or need further visual evaluation (visual) education of their actual swallow function and deficits." A.M. (Jul. 2023)
"Practical applications for long-term care settings. Discussion of tube feedings and thickened liquids was beneficial information." T.H. (Jul. 2023)
"The speaker was very clear and interesting to listen to. The handout was very well organized." L.H. (Jul. 2023)
"I liked the pace of course. Discussion of starvation at end of life." R.L. (Jul. 2023)
"Discussion of starvation and euphoria were beneficial topics. I liked the resources for families." E.M. (Jun. 2023)
"This course was informative. I liked the discussion that SLPs should not necessarily offer swallowing recommendations but options instead." G.B. (Apr. 2023)
"Realistic options for advanced dementia patients and the importance of educating family members. I liked the discussion of Palliative Care vs. Hospice and options available related to dysphagia decisions." K.H. (Jan. 2023)
"Very applicable for the acute care SLP. I liked the case studies and the section about communicating when goals of care are unclear." K.N. (Nov. 2022)
"I learned how to carefully hand feed and how to work with families/patients who refuse to accept non-oral feeding." D.O. (Aug. 2022)
"Good discussion of family education. This course was easy to understand." S.J. (Jul. 2022)
"I liked the incorporation of case studies. The session on dysphagia in the end stage dementia population was beneficial." L.G. (May 2022)
"Very empathic approach. I liked the point that feeding tubes can actually detract from patient health." J.D. (Jan. 2022)
"Discussion of ways for the SLP to support palliative care for advanced patients was beneficial. I liked that the course was self-paced." E.M. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked the decision making tools to provide to patients/families to assist in their process of making informed decisions. The research presented was relevant to enhance my understanding of the information being presented." T.M. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked everything! Presenter was very knowledgeable!" S.L. (Oct. 2021)
"I enjoyed the decision-making process, support, and the resources that were recommended. I was engaged the entire time. I appreciated that the slides have the majority of the discussed information on them. This allowed me to focus on listening and understanding rather than having to pause and make note of what the speaker was saying." K.G. (Aug. 2021)
"Great course giving a wealth of information as far as how to be an advocate for frail and elderly patients, and supporting families in a very stressful time with their loved ones. Course was very thorough and looking at dysphagia from all angles: medical, speech, educating patient/family members while respecting their values and choices." L.D. (Jul. 2021)
"Developing goals of care with multiple options. Review of literature to support clinical decision making." H.B. (Jun. 2021)
“The value put on careful hand feeding and written examples of how to address two possible outcomes and possible avenues of therapy. LOVED IT!! Liked the integration of case studies throughout the presentation." L.H. (Jun. 2021)
"This was a great refresher course as I transition from peds to SNFs. It was engaging and informative. I appreciated the real case studies and video footage of the fees/mbs." K.G. (May 2021)
"After 30 years in acute and IP rehab, I am transitioning to long term care/SNU. I appreciate the opportunity to think about this patient care population with greater detail to their particular needs. I am passionate about providing appropriate care. This really supported how to educate/provide options; document. It also gave great ideas on how to work with staff and volunteers." K.R. (May 2021)
"The discussion of the paradigm shift in goals of care was most beneficial. I liked the coverage of a variety of areas and topics to do with dysphagia in medically fragile and frail elderly." L.N. (May 2021)
"I liked the resources and language used. Loved the focus on patient and family." C.B. (Apr. 2021)
"Excellent course! Comprehensive and relevant to today's geriatric population with which we serve. Thank you!" L.C. (Mar. 2021)
"I enjoyed the facts re: rates of aspiration and pneumonia." A.S. (Feb. 2021)
"I appreciated the suggestions for speaking with families." M.P. (Jan. 2021)
Paula A. Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, currently is a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist in the Department of Neurology/Speech Section, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, FL. Paula's clinical expertise and research are focused on swallowing disorders in head and neck cancer and at end-of-life. She has been affiliated with numerous comprehensive cancer centers, including H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, Sylvester Cancer Center, Miami, FL, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Paula also has participated as part of numerous clinical research trials in swallowing.
Paula served as a co-regional primary investigator for the largest controlled, randomized research trial in oropharyngeal dysphagia funded by the National Institutes of Health (Protocol 201). Protocol 201 examined the effectiveness of chin down and thickened liquids in individuals with dementia and Parkinson's disease both with and without dementia. Additionally, Paula has published numerous articles, book chapters, and co-authored books, including Swallowing Intervention in Oncology and the Easy-To-Swallow, Easy-To-Chew Cookbook. She also has co-authored multiple national guidelines, directives, and policies relating to oropharyngeal swallowing disorders for both the Veterans Health Administration and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a board recognized specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. Paula is an ASHA Fellow and former coordinator of ASHA's Division 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She was named "2013 Clinician of the Year" by the Association of Veterans Affairs Speech-Language Pathologists.
Financial — Paula Sullivan is a coauthor of the text, "Easy-To-Swallow; Easy-To-Chew Cookbook"; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Paula Sullivan is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Paula Sullivan has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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