Aspiration: Preventing a Deadly Complication in Vulnerable Populations

by Maureen Habel, RN, MA

Objectives:
The purpose of this program is to educate nurses, speech-language pathologists, EMTs and paramedics, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and physicians about how to identify patients at high risk for aspiration and how to protect patients from aspirating. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:

  • Describe the three stages of normal swallowing
  • Identify seven risk factors for aspiration
  • List six strategies healthcare professionals can use to reduce the risk of aspiration

This course is made available FREE for a limited time; offer ends 9/30/14 at midnight EST.

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Dizziness in Elders: Defined and Differentiated

by Wiera Malozemoff, RN, MS, CS and Bethany Gentleman, BC-GNP and Rondalyn Varney Whitney, OT/L, PhD and P. J. Haybach, RN, MS

Objectives:
The goal of this program is to provide occupational therapists with practical guidelines for assessing and managing the care of elders who experience dizziness. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —

  • Classify and differentiate among the types of dizziness.
  • Describe age-related and pathologic causes of dizziness
    in elders.
  • Outline the essential elements in the assessment of patients with dizziness and in the implementation of interventions, including rationales.

Please note that this course is FREE for a limited time; offer ends 9/30/14 at midnight EST.

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Calming the Cognitively Impaired: Occupational and Environmental Interventions

by Arlene Orhon Jech, RN, BSN and Debora A Davidson, OTR/L, PhD

Objectives:
The goal of this module is to update therapists’ knowledge about the use of music, touch, and exercise to calm cognitively impaired patients and enhance their quality of life. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to —

  • Explain two physiological effects music has on the body.
  • Identify three ways music, touch, exercise, and animal presence benefit patients with dementia.
  • State two ways touch can be used to calm patients.

This course is FREE for a limited time; offer ends 9/30/14 at midnight EST.

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Free Online Course: Getting a Grip on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Getting a Grip on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Getting a Grip on Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis is an educational program designed to help health care providers:

  • recognize rheumatoid arthritis, how it affects the joints/body, the impact it may have on the life of their patients;
  • better support their patients to learn new management and coping techniques for all aspects of the disease resulting in more active involvement in their care; and
  • summarize how taking a more active role in managing their patient’s arthritis can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life.

Click here to register for this free online course.

Source: MDcme.ca