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). At-risk groups include infants, children, and the elderly. 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. Offered for 0.15 CEUs – 1.5 contact hours. Note: This text course requires that you have Adobe's Flash Player installed.
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.
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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. Currently, Tom is a practicing clinician in Temple, TX.
Financial — Tom Franceschini is presenter of online CEU courses by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Tom Franceschini has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
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:
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.
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.
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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.
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What is an Online Course? Our Online Courses include text, audio, or video formats 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 computer, via your Northern Speech 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.
Receiving CEUs: Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for 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 online CEUs.
Registering for an online course: You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.
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Course completion timeframes: Nearly all our courses provide for unlimited time to complete your course. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Any access limitations will be clearly noted on the individual course description page.
Course content expiration: Nearly all our courses provide for continued access to course content and materials, even after completion of the post test. Any access limitations will be clearly noted on the individual course description page.
Testing requirements: 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.
Certificate of completion: A certificate displaying participant name, date of course completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and the number of contact hours earned is presented to participants once a score of 80% or greater is earned on the post test. 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: Northern Speech will provide CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry for you. At the time of course enrollment if you select that you are taking the course for ASHA Credit and if you provide your ASHA Member Number, Northern Speech will automatically submit your hours to the CE Registry after you successfully complete the post test. Please allow 45-60 days from the date of course completion for your hours to appear on your CE transcript. Note that ASHA will record your CEUs as earned on the last day of the month in which you completed your course. For example, if you completed your course on Nov 7, the CE Registry will reflect course completion as Nov 30.
Number of CEUs offered: 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 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.
Course formats: Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page.
Course handouts: Most of our non-text online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout.
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.
Group discounts: 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.
Computer requirements: For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc) and newest version of Flash Player. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
Course Cancellation Policy: 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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"I liked that the course provided printable materials. Also, I found the frequency needed for oral care stats interesting." – J.C. (May. 2018)
"I appreciated the procedures for effective oral hygiene. I liked that the course was self-paced." – A.D. (Dec. 2017)
"Going over the Hygiene Protocols and research to support recommendations was most beneficial. I liked that the course was very lengthy and thorough with good references." – J.D. (Nov. 2017)
"I liked the explanation of the difference between types of PNA as well as the ideas for how to implement oral hygiene procedures in long-term care setting." – S.C. (Nov. 2017)
"The clinical research connecting poor oral care in ICU with increased PNA cases as well as the practical suggestions on an effective oral care regimen was most helpful. I liked that the material was at a great level for both research support and practical clinical information. Great melding of research and daily relevance." – H.T. (Oct. 2017)
"I loved the specific oral care techniques (e.g., brushing vs. swabbing and different solutions). The studies showing proof of benefits of oral care will help me develop an in-service and put in place my facility's first oral care protocol. Very practical course." – D.N. (Aug. 2017)
"I appreciated the information regarding reducing external risk factors of PNA such as contaminated tubes and products that may reduce this risk." – M.S. (Apr. 2017)
"The discussions on oropharyngeal colonization and oral care protocols were most beneficial. I liked the research-based conclusions." – L.T. (Feb. 2017)
"I appreciated being reminded that more than one discipline can be responsible for monitoring oral hygiene." – M.R. (Jan. 2017)
"I liked that the course was comprehensive and included practical tips." – J.T. (Dec. 2016)
"The portion on the need for oral hygiene in long term care was very helpful. I liked the specific ideas for use." – M.R. (Dec. 2016)
"I found the topic of oral care assessment to be most beneficial. I liked that I could take this course at my own pace and found it to be very interesting." – C.R. (Nov. 2016)
"The discussion on oral cares education to staff and patients was very helpful. I liked the cost information provided. However, I expected a video showing good oral cares with ventilator dependent and non-ventilator dependent patients." – S.G. (Nov. 2016)
"Comprehensive, fact based, practical. I especially appreciated the discussion on risk factors." – S.W. (Oct. 2016)
"I liked the tips for daily oral care." – K.E. (Oct. 2016)
"The discussion of the components to successful oral assessment was really useful." – J.P. (Oct. 2016)
"The entire discussion was helpful." – S.P. (July 2016)
"It was very well put together." – M.V. (June 2016)
"I appreciated the LTC protocols." – C.P. (June 2016)
"The components of an oral care program were excellent." – L.R. (June 2016)
"I especially enjoyed the section on the importance of brushing in addition to the swabbing." – S.S. (Apr. 2016)
"I liked the statistics about current oral hygiene practices and formal protocols." – V.G. (Apr. 2016)
"Very informative and good research information. The oral care protocol preventing Pneumonia was the most beneficial discussion." – C.J. (Apr. 2016)
"I liked the results from studies and that the course thoroughly covered oral care to pneumonia incidence." – S.H. (Mar. 2016)
"The components of oral care, rationale and study citations were all very helpful." – B.B. (Feb. 2016)
"I liked that this course was concise and offered relevant research to support the claims it made. The discussion on implementing an oral hygiene protocol in an acute care setting was really beneficial." – E.M. (Jan. 2016)