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Relevance of Lab Values and Medications in Dysphagia Management

# e101   Relevance of Lab Values and Medications in Dysphagia Management

by James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

0.1 CEUs

$ 24.00

This course will focus on common findings from chest imaging reports and lab tests, and decipher some of the language within those reports to enable the SLP in the medical setting to more expertly integrate that information into patient management. Important aspects of the pathogenesis and differential diagnosis of aspiration pneumonia will be discussed, as well as pharmacological side effects impacting swallowing function. Offered for 0.1 SLP CEUs – 1 contact hour.

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.

Please Note: This course was included in the material of a previously offered eCourse – #e108: Charleston Swallowing Conference Home Study: Evidence-Based Dysphagia Management.

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

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the five lobes of the lungs and their relative position to one another.
  2. Differentiate between pleural effusions, pulmonary edema, pneumonitis and pneumonia.
  3. Define and describe pulmonary vascular congestion, pneumothorax and atelectasis.
  4. Understand the differences between the terms opacity, consolidation, density, and infiltrates in chest imaging reports.
  5. Cite normal values for white blood cell count, paO2 and paCO2 norms for arterial blood gas reports, and pulse oximetry norms.
 
A score of 80% or better must be received on the post-test in order to 
receive a certificate of completion.

James L. Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an Associate Professor of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh where he co-developed the department's clinical doctorate program in Medical Speech Language Pathology. He teaches undergraduate, Master's and doctoral SLP students both in the classrooms and clinics through his active caseload at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he also conducts dysphagia research. He lectures nationally and internationally about the medical aspects of the speech-language pathology profession. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders, and an ASHA Fellow.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — James Coyle is presenter of CE seminars and online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees and royalties.

Nonfinancial — James Coyle has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 

Intended Audience

  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 1 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 12/31/2013.

  • 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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More Offerings by: James Coyle

Ecourses

  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e29 Aspiration Pneumonia and the Role of the SLP: Using Evidence To Determine Risks Associated With Oral Feeding
James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
0.6 $99.00
e113 Pros And Cons Of Dysphagia Bedside Screening and Assessment
James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
0.25 $44.00
e154 Perspectives on Dysphagia Service Delivery: All About Treatment
Cathy Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jan Lewin, PhD,CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Christy Ludlow, PhD, CCC-SLP and Kathy Panther, MS, CCC-SLP and Jay Rosenbek, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD and Paula Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Karen Dikeman, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S and Roxann Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jacqueline Hind, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Marta Kazandjian, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
2.0 $199.00

"Very clear verbal explanations supplemented with relevant details in visual aids. The information related to chest x-rays was most helpful, but everything was informative and useful for my daily practice." – E.L. (Feb. 2017)

"Dr. Coyle is so easy to listen to. I appreciate the explanation about the ways medications work. I found the review and expansion of x-ray terms, better understanding of pulmonary and blood gas info, and ways medication affect us to be the most helpful discussions." – S.L.M. (Jan. 2017)

"Going over atelectasis vs effusion vs edema vs infiltrates was most beneficial. I like that the course was very clearly and simply explained." – F.J. (Dec. 2016)

"I really appreciate the evidence to give to NSG staff to back myself up with just because a patient has PNA does not mean they have dysphagia. I fight this battle all the time at work." – S.H. (Nov. 2016)

"I found the detailed explanation of radiographic transcription very helpful. I do not have access to imaging of chest films and knowing the differences between terms noted in reports will be very helpful to utilize in my decision-making. I enjoyed looking at imaging of different x-rays to determine how they are typically interpreted and what they may indicate." – A.T. (Oct. 2016)

"Yes, very practical course. Well-presented, relevant and information and visuals were clear. Excellent course with excellent content." – N.D. (Oct. 2016)

"This was a great course; I will definitely recommend it to therapists who are in various settings who might use a boost of info about 'pneumonia' and dysphagia." – N.S. (Sept. 2016)

"The explanation of chest x-ray findings was very interesting and applicable. Wish they had taught this in graduate school!" – D.M. (Aug. 2016)

"The review of WBC/neutrophil relationship was really useful." – J.S. (Aug. 2016)

"The differential dx of community-acquired PNA vs PNA resulting from dysphagia was most beneficial." – T.M. (Aug. 2016)

"I appreciated the review of different findings on chest x-rays. I like that the material was presented in a logical manner, although I expected more on medications." – R.L. (July 2016)

"I really liked the discussion of x-ray findings and meanings, and how the AP and lateral views complement each other due to the overlapping lobes of the lungs." – S.C.R. (July 2016)

"Enjoyed some gained clarity on the chicken-egg question re dysphagia and pneumonia, the info on pleural effusion, and seeing the CXR examples. Easy to listen to; clear information; professional and simple presentation." – M.R. (June 2016)

"The entire course was excellent. I especially like the way Dr. Coyle presents which is thorough and clear. I enjoy listening to him on any topic on which he presents and always find the information very useful to my practice in the SNF setting." – S.L. (June 2016)

"Learning about the bloodwork/lab values and their meaning was most helpful. Knowing what to look for on a chest x-ray and CT scans is extremely beneficial. I appreciate the clear presentation and simple diagrams." – E.H. (May 2016)

"I liked the in-depth explanation of chest imaging and what to look for when reviewing the results of chest imaging and lab values. I was expecting a little more discussion regarding medications." – K.S. (May 2016)

"I really appreciated the specific definitions of various pulmonary diagnoses and verbage, and how it does/does not relate to dysphagia." – M.B. (Apr. 2016)

"I read CXR reports everday and I love getting clarification on terms. I like that I can relate this course to what I do everyday." – L.F. (Apr. 2016)

"All the information was great. I especially liked the information on terminology in regards to chest x-rays." – M.B. (Mar. 2016)

"I really appreciated the explanations of pulmonary terms used by radiologists." – A.M. (Mar. 2016)

"Easy to follow. Liked the three segments - especially the coverage of chest x-rays and blood tests." – M.C.A. (Feb. 2016)

"The discussions on chest X-ray, vocabulary, & lab values were greatly appreciated. I liked that the course was clear & concise." – K.J. (Feb. 2016)

"The definitions of pulmonary terms and lab values were most helpful. I like that the course covered all areas about which I have encountered questions." – L.H. (Feb. 2016)

"VERY comprehensive, covering all foundational concepts and info. Much of this information was unfamiliar to me, so it was very helpful in understanding the course content." – N.M. (Jan. 2016)

"I appreciated the step by step interpretation of chest x-rays. I liked that the course was short, to the point and helpful in daily practice." – C.R. (Jan. 2016)

"I liked the explanations of the radio graphic images and the comparisons of normal vs not so good images." – T.L. (Jan. 2016)

"I liked the illustrations and descriptions. However, I expected more lab values that may indicate infections/dysphagia related PNA." – A.A. (Jan. 2016)

 

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