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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Focus on Feet: Helping Older Patients Maintain Their Feet

by Sandra B. Fielo, RN, BC, EdD and Catherine Ratliff, RN, PhD, GNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN

Summary:
Age-related change, years of wear and tear, inadequate care, use of poorly fitting footwear, increased weight and body mass index and the prevalence of medical conditions that affect the feet may result in disability, decreased mobility, diminished function and loss of quality of life. Healthcare providers as a team can reduce these problems by providing a comprehensive assessment, daily foot care and patient education.

Objectives:
The goal of this continuing education program is to enhance nurses’ and occupational therapists’ ability to recognize and care for older patients who have minor problems with their feet. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:

  • Describe age-related changes in feet
  • Differentiate minor problems in feet from those requiring expert intervention
  • Teach self-care practices as a health promotion strategy for healthy feet

This course is being offered for FREE until midnight EDT of 10/31/13.

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