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Aspiration Pneumonia: How Can We Help? #e304


Presenter: George Barnes, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Practical takeaways that can be used to improve your clinical practice.


"My bedside evaluations and chart reviews are more accurate after this course. The presenter was most knowledgeable."

– K.D., prior course participant

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A large percentage of what we do as dysphagia specialists is dedicated to reducing the risk of aspiration pneumonia. What then is aspiration pneumonia? How does it fit in with the other types of pneumonia? With an understanding of the pathophysiology of aspiration pneumonia, how can the SLP use research-based approaches to minimize that risk?

In this presentation, you'll find that aspiration pneumonia might not be exactly what you thought it was. You'll understand that everyone aspirates and that the lungs have natural defenses to make them well-equipped to tolerate certain types of aspiration. You'll see how an evidence-based approach to evaluation and management can reduce risk.

Multiple case examples are presented to describe the complex interplay between dysphagia, aspiration, and pneumonia. The information provided in this presentation is complex but broken down into basic information with visuals so it is easy to take in. Most importantly, it includes practical takeaways that can be used to improve your clinical practice immediately. The focus of this course is the adult population.

Course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 Contact Hours. 

Course Overview – Run Time: 2:20:26

  • What is pneumonia?
    • Key criteria in the diagnostic process.
    • What happens to the lungs?
  • How is aspiration pneumonia different?
    • Where does aspiration pneumonia fall on the spectrum of different types of pneumonia?
  • What are the best ways to assess risk?
    • Identifying key risk factors.
    • Utilizing a research-based evaluation approach.
  • How can we help?
    • Utilizing a research-based management approach.

Aspiration Pneumonia and Dysphagia

This course includes multiple case examples to describe the complex interplay between dysphagia, aspiration, and pneumonia.

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.

Reviews

"It was beneficial to discuss the rate of aspiration and the body's ability to tolerate aspirating. I liked the flexibility of the course." J.H. (Apr. 2024)

"The information on thickened liquids was beneficial. I enjoyed the discussion of the different types of pneumonia and the case studies." D.H. (Mar. 2024)

"Discussing free water protocols was helpful. Content relevant to my practice." A.M. (Mar. 2024)

"Differential diagnosis and ongoing diagnosis were beneficial topics. I liked the presentation; easy to understand." C.G. (Mar. 2024)

"I enjoyed the practical knowledge. Discussed how aspiration pneumonia is diagnosed." K.P. (Mar. 2024)

"It was beneficial discussing the disadvantages of thickened liquids. Clear powerpoint slides." D.R. (Mar. 2024)

"The intervention was helpful, and I liked the case studies." T.L. (Mar. 2024)

"The presenter is clearly very knowledgeable. Pathogenesis information and understanding the difference between different pneumonias was helpful. The course was split into bitesize sections." H.B. (Mar. 2024)

"The detailed definition and criteria for aspiration pneumonia were beneficial to discuss. I enjoyed the examples and detailed explanation of aspiration pneumonia and the potential causes of it." M.V. (Feb. 2024)

"I learned a lot of helpful data/facts that I can use to support my recommendations with staff and pt/family. I did not know starch-based thickeners were worse if aspirated." K.O. (Feb. 2024)

"The presenter presented the info in a clear, organized manner. I liked discussing the updated research and its implications on treatment." L.R. (Feb. 2024)

"Discerning whether or not to recommend thickened liquids was helpful to discuss." L.S. (Feb. 2024)

"The portion about intervention was beneficial. I liked the case studies." J.B. (Feb. 2024)

"The strategies to implement day to day were great and will be useful to me." L.S. (Feb. 2024)

"The discussion of the use of PPIs and antacids increasing the risk of aspiration pneumonia was helpful. Good flow, clear and concise, lots of research cited." K.K. (Feb. 2024)

"The 3 criteria for diagnosing pneumonia and charts showing when to recommend an MBSS were beneficial. Also the discussion of people not preferring thickened liquids and risks of aspirating the thickeners. I liked seeing the speaker." D.H. (Feb. 2024)

"Comprehensive review of lung function and pneumonia. Enjoyed the use of case studies to illustrate topic points." K.B. (Jan. 2024)

"Discussing the thickener issue was helpful. I liked the flexible viewing time and pace." W.L. (Jan. 2024)

"More info regarding thickened liquids was beneficial. To the point information." R.C. (Dec. 2023)

"Actually, all of the topics are beneficial for daily practice. I liked that the course was easy to attend." B.A. (Dec. 2023)

"Very well presented course! Extremely well put together and easy to follow. So much useful information. Assessment and risk management were beneficial topics." J.F. (Dec. 2023)

"The water protocol research was beneficial. I liked the case studies." C.V. (Dec. 2023)

"Discussing aspiration pneumonitis vs. aspiration pneumonia vs. ventilator-associated aspiration pneumonia was beneficial. I really liked the idea of 'small baby steps and inching forward' for our medically complex patients. The material was presented in a way that was easy to understand." V.B. (Dec. 2023)

"Thin vs thick liquids. Straight forward course, easy to understand, and relevant to daily practice." J.B. (Dec. 2023)

"Very comprehensive and easy to follow course. I liked the thought-provoking grey areas of dysphagia diagnostics." S.C. (Dec. 2023)

"The pathophysiology of pna and timeline for developing aspiration pna were beneficial to discuss. I enjoyed the presentation style and repetition of key points for educating the medical team." K.F. (Dec. 2023)

"I liked the discussions on the resilience of our lungs, the diagnostic protocol of aspiration pneumonia, and to be mindful that it can sometimes be overdiagnosed. The PowerPoint presentations were excellent, and George was very good." R.M. (Dec. 2023)

"Functional information. Beneficial discussions of water and ice chip protocol." J.W. (Dec. 2023)

"Actually, every topic in the course either 1) confirmed and backed up with research information that I already use daily or 2) synthesized very important new information for me to use every day. The pace, explanation of terminology, and synthesis of information with easy-to-understand research examples were all super helpful. The case studies were on-point for explaining his information, too." G.S. (Dec. 2023)

"I enjoyed the discussion on the interventions and how to have genuine conversations with patients as to why to use thickened liquids for short periods of time to aid in their improvement." R.J. (Nov. 2023)

"The over-reactivity of our profession to clinical signs of aspiration was a beneficial topic. I liked the algorithms to intervention." K.G. (Nov. 2023)

"Water and ice protocols were beneficial topics. I liked the discussion on how most patients do not like thickened liquids and interventions for such." M.G. (Nov. 2023)

"Discussing the difference between Aspiration pneumonia and other types of pneumonia and the benefits and downsides of thickener were beneficial." R.B. (Nov. 2023)

"Clear, concise presentation of information. I enjoyed the comparison of information related to the use of thin versus thickened liquids." J.M. (Nov. 2023)

"The decision-making diagrams and encouragement to look at the big picture were helpful. I liked the ease of taking this course and the use of a viewable speaker while having slides." M.G. (Nov. 2023)

"Applicable to my long term care setting." K.B. (Nov. 2023)

"Assessing the whole picture. I liked the case studies." M.V. (Nov. 2023)

"Reviewed ways to help manage aspiration pneumonia and how to care for our patients most effectively. I liked the speaker's passion for this topic and population." E.B. (Oct. 2023)

"My bedside evaluations and chart reviews are more accurate after this course. The presenter was most knowledgeable." K.D. (Oct. 2023)

"Discussing thin vs nectar thick liquids was beneficial." J.H. (Oct. 2023)

"Great examples and clear presentation of the information. Changes my views and recommendations of aspiration pneumonia." S.H. (Oct. 2023)

"Extremely practical information for the patients I work with daily. I liked the 3 criteria for diagnosis of pneumonia and evaluating the use of thickened liquids." R.J. (Oct. 2023)

"Very informative course with good information. Utilizing case history information when diagnosing aspiration pneumonia was beneficial." M.S. (Oct. 2023)

"I liked the clinical relevance. All the various risk factors for developing pneumonia were beneficial." J.R. (Oct. 2023)

"Clear, concise, good pace. I liked the thickened liquid discussion." R.W. (Oct. 2023)

"Excellent instruction. I liked all of it." S.E. (Oct. 2023)

"The speaker was clear and engaging. I liked the assessment and treatment information." N.D. (Oct. 2023)

"Research based. Practical application." A.C. (Oct. 2023)

"Well organized. Easy to follow. Great review." J.T. (Oct. 2023)

"Learning other causes of Aspiration Pneumonia other than dysphagia. I liked the info about contributing factors." D.B. (Oct. 2023)

"Oral hygiene/oral bacteria (I did not know about increased oral health risks for people with diabetes!), risks for thickened liquids & thickened liquid properties, and stages of PNA were all beneficial topics. Cited articles. There were a number that I was not aware of, and I can't wait to read them! I also appreciate the teaching method. There was a re-visiting of previously presented materials that helped to reinforce learning." E.K. (Oct. 2023)

"Well organized. Easy to follow." J.T. (Oct. 2023)

"Discussing the criteria for pneumonia and reinforcing that aspiration does not always equate to aspiration pneumonia." A.R. (Sep. 2023)

"It was beneficial to discuss the causes of aspiration pneumonia and that certain liquids may increase the chance of developing pneumonia more than others." D.L. (Sep. 2023)

"Easy to follow and practical course. Holistic approach to determining aspiration pneumonia." S.C. (Sep. 2023)

"Wonderful speaker. Differentiated community acquired vs health care environment. Delightful course!" J.S. (Sep. 2023)

"Functional information including standardized assessment tools and detailed descriptions of Free Water / Ice Chip Protocols. I liked the holistic theme of this course." T.W. (Sep. 2023)

"This course was excellent. I liked the way the course was organized. I liked seeing the presenter during the presentation." M.T. (Sep. 2023)

"Discussing high vs low risk patients was beneficial. I liked how this course talked about clinical use of the information." R.S. (Sep. 2023)

"This material should be required in the training of all SLPs. I appreciated the "bigger picture" perspective and in my 21 years of experience with critically ill hospital patients, I found most of the points on target. I had never thought about the effects that thickened liquids might have on medication absorption. The course information was real world, well-supported and commiserate with my own experiences." C.W. (Sep. 2023)

"The entire course was excellent! Everything was of benefit to my clinical practice. I had not heard of this presenter prior to taking this course. He is an excellent instructor." H.S. (Sep. 2023)

"I appreciated the entirety of this discussion. I liked the visuals and the notes." M.F. (Sep. 2023)

"The course was applicable to my job. I liked the case examples." E.D. (Sep. 2023)

"All of the content will be beneficial. Great explanations and visual supports/handouts." K.P. (Sep. 2023)

"Discussing the risks of aspiration pneumonia was beneficial. I liked the information related to best ways to assess risk." P.B. (Aug. 2023)

"I liked the information regarding water protocol. And all of the case studies." K.C. (Aug. 2023)

"I have a better understanding now of aspiration. The entire course was very informative and practical." J.S. (Aug. 2023)

"I enjoyed all of the course. Good information and graphics." E.N. (Aug. 2023)

"Concise, good speaker, good slides. I liked the discussion of thick versus thin liquids." L.S. (Aug. 2023)

"It was beneficial to discuss the differential diagnoses of pneumonia and the pathogenesis of pneumonia in general. I liked the amount of information presented on each slide and the incorporation of case studies." E.V. (Aug. 2023)

"I liked the specific information to describe AP, the thoughts about considering the whole person and overall picture and not just dysphagia concerns and results, and the intervention suggestions and considerations. This course presented clear and complete information, and also charts and examples to really help us consider the best recommendations based on the individual patient." J.S. (Aug. 2023)

"The consideration of reflux in assessment was beneficial. I liked the direct information." K.D. (Aug. 2023)

"It was beneficial to understand pna more specifically the role of thickener and issues in the decision-making process. I liked that the case studies were to the point about dysphagia/asp pna." C.P. (Jul. 2023)

"This course was informative and useful. I liked the discussions around bedside swallow assessment and difficulties of assessment." H.C. (Jul. 2023)

"Very informative and helpful in long-term care practice as well as for acute rehab setting. It was beneficial to discuss diet texture choices in relation to comorbidities." T.H. (Jul. 2023)

"This course was absolutely fantastic! I liked all of it!" L.D. (Jul. 2023)

"Discussing the difference between community and hospital infection of patients was beneficial. And how a normal breather protects their lungs." C.T. (Jul. 2023)

"Pros and cons of the use of thickened liquids was a beneficial topic. I liked the course organization." D.H. (Jul. 2023)

"The case studies were very interesting and most helpful. It was beneficial differentiating between the different types of pneumonia. The handout was very easy to follow, and the speaker was very clear. The content was extremely helpful." L.H. (Jul. 2023)

"Nice graphics and good case studies." J.A. (Jul. 2023)

Course Objectives

  1. List the different types of pneumonia and explain pathophysiology.
  2. Identify the salient features of aspiration pneumonia.
  3. Describe how to best assess aspiration pneumonia risk.
  4. Summarize how interventions may (or may not) reduce risk and choose interventions that have the biggest bang for your buck.

Presenter & Disclosures

George Barnes, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders who has developed an expertise in dysphagia management focusing on diagnostics and clinical decision-making in the medically complex population. George yearns to make education useful, research clinical-focused, and quality care accessible. He co-founded FEESible Swallow Solutions to expand access to high-quality dysphagia services and provide Med SLP coaching to SLPs seeking to be more successful in the field. With a passion for food and a deep appreciation for the joy and connection it brings to our lives, he has dedicated his life to helping others enjoy this simple, but deep-rooted pleasure.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial – George Barnes is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial – George Barnes has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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