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A Moveable Feast

004-1It’s hard to know which events inform our reality and which only mark the passing of time.

Waking up in the hospital with a brand new feeding tube on board was clearly one of the former.

But there I was.

I had resisted repeated proposals from medical professionals to have a g-tube inserted. They warned of the worsening dysphagia I faced due to the effects of radiation for throat cancer I’d had years earlier. continue reading →



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2017 NFOSD Online Dysphagia Conference

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

8:00am – 3:00pm PST

2017 NFOSD Online Dysphagia Conference

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2017 NFOSD Online Dysphagia Conference

Conference Program


Course Summary (0.6 CEUs):

This comprehensive one-day live streaming dysphagia course is presented by 12 clinical and research swallowing disorder experts. The course begins with a review of the basics of the normal swallowing mechanics, taking neurology and age into consideration. It then moves into evaluation techniques, coping mechanisms, and diet modifications. From there, we move into rehabilitation and address exercises, device-driven options, and biofeedback techniques. It wraps up with surgical options, methods for staying healthy, and a panel discussion on living with dysphagia.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will identify the anatomy and physiology involved in normal swallowing for children and adults.
  • Participants will identify the symptoms, primary etiologies, and pathophysiology of disordered swallowing in children and adults.
  • Participants will demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to implement research-supported strategies for instrumental and non-instrumental evaluation of swallowing.
  • Participants will demonstrate the ability to devise research-supported treatment plans for specific swallowing impairments, taking into account motivation level, quality of life, cultural, ethical, and moral issues.

Who should attend:

This course is geared toward clinicians who care for patients in a skilled nursing facility, clinic, inpatient hospital,  or outpatient setting. It is also targeted to provide patients, caregivers, and students entering this field a comprehensive look at the current and emerging state of swallowing disorder assessment and rehabilitation techniques. There are over half a dozen Q&A sessions integrated into the program allowing ample time to answer specific questions you may have regarding all facets of this disorder.

Conference Planning Committee

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Kate Hutcheson, PhD (Committee Chair)

Liza Blumenfeld, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Michelle Ciucci, PhD

Nancy Swigert, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow, ASHA Honors

Denise A. Barringer, CCC-SLP, BCS-S


Pricing

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Registration To register for the 2017 NFOSD Online Dysphagia Conference, please click here. Payment is due at time of registration. To receive the early bird discount, you must register by December 31, 2016. Payment can be made using credit/debit card or through a PayPal account. If the cost of this conference is preventative, please contact us at info@nfosd.com for a fee reduction.

Cancellation Policy: By registering as an online conference attendee, you agree and adhere to all policies and regulations. You agree to providing payment in full for the amount indicated on the registration form. If for any reason, the meeting must be canceled, management is not liable for any costs other than the pre-paid attendee registration fee. Should you decide to cancel this agreement and withdraw your registration, the refund/cancellation policy is as follows for registered attendees:

Cancellation 30+ days prior to meeting: 75% refund

Cancellation 29-11 days prior to meeting: 50% refund

Cancellation 10 days or less prior to meeting: No refund


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This program is offered for 0.6 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Downloadable Flyer

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Content Disclosure: The content of this online course does not promote or focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service.

 The NFOSD would like to recognize and thank the following organizations supporting the NFOSD Online Dysphagia Conference:

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Understanding Dysphagia basics in under 3 Minutes – A new video

We’re always on the lookout for useful new content and came across this YouTube video that was recently posted. Click the image below to watch the video.

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Dysphagia as a Geriatric Syndrome

Oropharyngeal dysphagia has long been known to cause malnutrition, dehydration, respiratory infections, aspiration pneumonia, and increased readmissions, institutionalization, and morbimortality. Dysphagia is increasing in prevalence in our aging population, but despite this increase, dysphagia remains under-recognized and under-diagnosed in many medical centers.

 

The Dysphagia Working Group, a committee of members from the European Society for Swallowing Disorders and the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, and three invited experts, is calling for increased recognition and treatment of oropharyngeal dysphagia, which they have deemed as a “geriatric syndrome,” as it is highly prevalent among older people, is caused by multiple factors, is associated with several comorbidities and poor prognosis, and requires a multidimensional treatment approach.

 

The link below will direct readers to the Dysphagia Working Group’s position paper, which consists of 12 sections that cover all aspects of oropharyngeal dysphagia related to geriatric medicine: diagnosis, prevalence, physiopathology, complications, management, treatment, and legal and ethical issues.

 

Link: http://bit.ly/2eadqag



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Xerostomia = Dry Mouth

Byline: Jennifer Kurtz is a Speech Language Pathologist and stage IV oral cancer survivor practicing at Overlake Medical Center near Seattle, Washington. Her experience has given her an unexpected, yet unique, perspective on the clinician’s role in the management of the Head & Neck Cancer population and has motivated her to advocate for aggressive, collaborative, multi-disciplinary care of all patients across a broad continuum.


Xerostomia describes the subjective sensation of oral dryness and is commonly called “dry mouth.” The typical causes of dry mouth include medications, radiotherapy to the head and neck for cancer treatment, and systemic diseases.

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Xerostomia can have a profound, negative impact on quality of life. The lack of salivary production impacts the ability to eat, sleep, speak, and swallow (Lew & Smith, 2007). Adequate salivary flow allows us to speak clearly without our lips sticking to our teeth and to mix saliva with food when we chew to enable easy transfer through the oral cavity as we swallow. Inadequate salivary function can create a number of complications such as: continue reading →