$39.00 USD

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0.15  ASHA CEUs


Oral Hygiene Programs: Oral Care Is Critical Care #e212

Presenter: Tom Franceschini, MS, CCC-SLP

Learn evidence-based research supporting the need for improved oral care in the at-risk patient.


"This course encouraged me to continue the fight for oral care at my facility."

– C.H., course participant

Which is a better predictor for an individual to develop pneumonia: a diagnosis of dysphagia, or poor oral hygiene? The answer to this question may surprise you.

This course discusses the colonization of oral pathogens and how oral pathogens contribute to the development of aspiration pneumonia (AP), healthcare acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP). Reviewed will be current oral care practices and the evidence-based research supporting the need for improved oral care in the at-risk patient. Development of oral care guidelines for assessment and treatment in various institutional settings will be discussed.

Course is offered for 0.15 CEUs – 1.5 contact hours.

Course Overview – Run Time 1:50:11

  • Pneumonia Defined
  • Oral Pharyngeal Colonization
  • Developing an Oral Care Assessment Tool
  • Developing an Oral Care Protocol

"All of the information is helpful for my daily practice. It was full of information, references to research and details on starting an oral care program in a facility."

– S.D., course participant

Over 96% of prior course participants would recommend this course to their SLP colleagues.

"Immediately relevant to acute care practice."  J.B. (June 2022)

"The data to bring to the team about the importance of oral care programs, such as money saved and reduced risk of other diseases will benefit my practice."  Q.F.H. (May 2022)

"It was all very applicable and helpful."  J.N. (May 2022)

"I found the whole lecture to be very useful. I appreciated the discussion on suction equipment as it can easily be overlooked." L.G. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked the handouts and content - developing an oral care protocol for my company." J.B. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked the studies on the importance of oral care. This course encouraged me to continue the fight for oral care at my facility." C.H. (Jan. 2022)

"All of reasons why oral hygiene is so important with prevention of PNE, and other health issues!" L.C. (Dec. 2021)

"It reported actual changes made by people in everyday practice not just theory." M.A. (Dec. 2021)

"It was all very interesting and helpful. I liked the presenter and the thoroughness of the material." A.D. (Dec. 2021)

"Comprehensive assessment of current research as well as arguments as to the importance of implementing policy and protocol." A.C. (Dec. 2021)

"All of it was very useful since I work in a SNF. Information presented was useful." W.R. (Nov. 2021)

"All of the information is helpful for my daily practice. It was full of information, references to research and details on starting an oral care program in a facility."  S.D. (Oct. 2021)

“I liked the amount of research backing up this study; it was also full of real-life examples making it easy to understand.” B.S. (Mar. 2021)

“This was a simple, straight forward, realistic course that provided great information.” D.C. (Feb. 2021)

“This course provided the components of a good oral hygiene program and how to foster buy-in by other members who will be involved in the execution of the program. The provision of data supporting the recommendations and components of a good oral hygiene program was helpful.” S.L. (Jan. 2021)

“The discussion on the different topics of pneumonia and the practices to assist patient's w/oral hygiene will benefit me the most when working in the nursing home. I enjoyed learning about the statistics with each pneumonia in these settings and how much it can cost the institution. The outline of the course is a nice refresher to use as a reference when working with patients in this population.” – H.B. (Dec. 2020)

“Great research and methods were presented and will be utilized to support the program framework at my hospital.” S.M. (Oct. 2020)

"I enjoyed the relevant statistics and sources for impacts of oral hygiene on health and risk for aspiration pneumonia. I liked the provision of many citations, studies, etc., supporting the importance of oral care." K.S. (July 2020)

"I enjoyed the oral care recommendations." H.G. (June 2020)

"I appreciated gaining a more thorough understanding of acquiring pneumonia and setting up an OH program. Very clinically relevant to my setting (acute care)."  E.C. (May 2020)

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.

Course Format

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.

Reviews

"Immediately relevant to acute care practice."  J.B. (June 2022)

"The data to bring to the team about the importance of oral care programs, such as money saved and reduced risk of other diseases will benefit my practice."  Q.F.H. (May 2022)

"It was all very applicable and helpful."  J.N. (May 2022)

"I found the whole lecture to be very useful. I appreciated the discussion on suction equipment as it can easily be overlooked." L.G. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked the handouts and content - developing an oral care protocol for my company." J.B. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked the studies on the importance of oral care. This course encouraged me to continue the fight for oral care at my facility." C.H. (Jan. 2022)

"All of reasons why oral hygiene is so important with prevention of PNE, and other health issues!" L.C. (Dec. 2021)

"It reported actual changes made by people in everyday practice not just theory." M.A. (Dec. 2021)

"It was all very interesting and helpful. I liked the presenter and the thoroughness of the material." A.D. (Dec. 2021)

"Comprehensive assessment of current research as well as arguments as to the importance of implementing policy and protocol." A.C. (Dec. 2021)

"All of it was very useful since I work in a SNF." W.R. (Nov. 2021)

"All of the information is helpful for my daily practice. It was full of information, references to research and details on starting an oral care program in a facility."  S.D. (Oct. 2021)

“I liked the amount of research backing up this study; it was also full of real-life examples making it easy to understand.” – B.S. (Mar. 2021)

“This was a simple, straight forward, realistic course that provided great information.” – D.C. (Feb. 2021)

“This course provided the components of a good oral hygiene program and how to foster buy-in by other members who will be involved in the execution of the program. The provision of data supporting the recommendations and components of a good oral hygiene program was helpful.” – S.L. (Jan. 2021)

“The discussion on the different topics of pneumonia and the practices to assist patient's w/oral hygiene will benefit me the most when working in the nursing home. I enjoyed learning about the statistics with each pneumonia in these settings and how much it can cost the institution. The outline of the course is a nice refresher to use as a reference when working with patients in this population.” – H.B. (Dec. 2020)

“Great research and methods were presented and will be utilized to support the program framework at my hospital.” – S.M. (Oct. 2020)

"I enjoyed the relevant statistics and sources for impacts of oral hygiene on health and risk for aspiration pneumonia. I liked the provision of many citations, studies, etc., supporting the importance of oral care." – K.S. (July 2020)

"I enjoyed the oral care recommendations." – H.G. (June 2020)

"I appreciated gaining a more thorough understanding of acquiring pneumonia and setting up an OH program. Very clinically relevant to my setting (acute care)." – E.C. (May 2020)

"Very practical information with specific guidelines to provide to facility and health care providers. Excellent information presented in an organized and concise manner." – A.D. (Apr. 2020)

"I appreciated the emphasis on the provision of a protocol of oral hygiene and the importance of better communication with relevant health practitioner regarding oral hygiene. The course was comprehensive." – A.A. (Mar. 2020)

"I liked the excellent examples of oral care protocols. The detailed discussion of different types of pneumonia was most beneficial." – R.M. (Feb. 2020)

"I enjoyed the section on oral care; will apply to early intervention - especially with immune compromised, etc, clients and their parents." – G.A. (Jan. 2020)

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the colonization of oral pathogens and how this contributes to the development of aspiration pneumonia.
  2. Define hospital acquired pneumonia, or HAP.
  3. Define healthcare associated pneumonia, or HCAP.
  4. List the components of a comprehensive oral care protocol.
  5. List the components of an oral care assessment tool.
  6. Explain tools used for deep oral cleansing.
  7. Explain current evidence-based interventions to improve oral hygiene.
  8. Identify at least 2 studies that demonstrate how improved oral care impacts patient health outcomes.

Presenter & Disclosures

Tom Franceschini, MS, CCC-SLP, is a highly sought-after speaker on the topic of Dysphagia Management who has educated thousands of Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout North America and Europe. With 30 years in the field, Tom has accumulated a high level of experience in all areas of medical speech pathology and continues to pursue a special interest in the esophageal stage of the swallow especially how this impacts swallowing disabilities and voice disorders.

Tom is nationally known for the role he has played in the development of the Free Water Protocol, and he routinely provides consultation to hospitals and other institutions on establishing heartburn and swallowing disorders centers, on developing free water protocols, and on implementing oral hygiene programs.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Tom Franceschini is the presenter of online CEU courses by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Tom Franceschini has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 1.5 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.
  • Florida: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Provider #SPA-026.

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You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.

However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.

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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 Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.

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.

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Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.

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Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.

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Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.

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We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.

State licensing boards and online CEUs:

NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs 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 CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.

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Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.

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A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded. 

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