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At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the colonization of oral pathogens and how this contributes to the development of
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.
A score of 80% or better must be received on the post test in order
Tom Franceschini, MS, CCC-SLP, is a highly sought-after speaker on the topic of Dysphagia Management, having 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, and 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. Currently, Tom is a practicing clinician at Baylor, Scott & White Continuing Care Hospital in Temple, TX.
Financial — Tom Franceschini is the author of online CEU courses by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Tom Franceschini has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.15 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:
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:
"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)
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