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Course # 4211
Using Spirometry to Diagnose and Treat Vocal Cord Dysfunction

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0


Course Abstract

Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) is characterized as an abnormal closing of the vocal cords during the inspiration producing airflow obstruction and frequently mimics asthma. Spirometry, specifically flow volume loops can be used by the Speech Language Pathologist to diagnose and treat patients with VCD. This course will teach the user how to use the spirometer to take and interpret respiratory measures in VCD patients for diagnosis and treatment.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to define vocal fold dysfunction (VCD) and provide a list of symptoms.
  • Participants will be able to list the steps involved in measuring vital capacity and flow volume loops in VCD patients.
  • Participants will be able to describe how to interpret waveforms generated from vital capacity and flow volume loop maneuvers in VCD patients.
  • Participants will be able to list the uses for a spirometer in treating VCD patients.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction and definition of VCD, including symptoms
5-15 Minutes Description of different types of spirometers and typical respiratory measures taken on VCD clients
15-25 Minutes Description of the specific steps in taking a vital capacity and flow volume loop using a digital spirometer
25-35 Minutes Interpret flow volume loop waveforms collected from VCD and other respiratory disordered patients
35-55 Minutes Treatment of VCD patients and the use of spirometry
55-60 Minutes Questions and wrap-up

Average Rating

(436 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 436 reviews

Review by: Member on April 19, 2014
It had new information for me that I can apply right away. It was also very interesting and the diagrams/visuals were very helpful in understanding the learning goals.
Review by: Member on April 7, 2014
Interesting information
Review by: Member on April 7, 2014
Good content
Review by: Member on April 6, 2014
It was forthcoming and easy to understand. I especially liked that she presented treatment options.
Review by: Member on April 4, 2014
information provided
Review by: Member on March 29, 2014
I honestly didn't know as much as I thought I did. This was just amazing!
Review by: Member on March 26, 2014
The video examples were useful. I learned useful information pertaining to flow volume loops to better understand VCD that I can apply in my present work. Treatment strategies also good.
Review by: Member on March 4, 2014
it was good to learn about quanitative measures for diagnosis of what seems to a qualitative event
Review by: Member on February 3, 2014
A lot of evidence-based information with practical implications.
Review by: Member on January 31, 2014
new information clearly stated and easily understood
Review by: Member on December 30, 2013
It was innovative and full of information I had not come across in my leisure literature reading
Review by: Member on December 30, 2013
all of it
Review by: Member on December 30, 2013
Feel it was a great introductory course. Topic appears to be much more involved that what was covered.
Review by: Member on December 27, 2013
interesting information provided
Review by: Member on December 16, 2013
Full range of assessment & treatment strategies as well as possible problems & how to correct these problems
Review by: Member on December 10, 2013
Offered lots of facts about PVD.
Review by: Member on December 6, 2013
videos and graphs
Review by: Member on November 25, 2013
artuculated well. succinct.
Review by: Member on November 21, 2013
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Review by: Member on November 13, 2013
content
Review by: Member on October 29, 2013
The norms, graphs and videos
Review by: Member on October 26, 2013
The information was presented in an organized fashion, which made the work easy to follow and read.
Review by: Member on October 18, 2013
I have a better understanding of use respiratory measures to treat my patients
Review by: Member on October 5, 2013
Excellent, clear explanations.
Review by: Member on October 2, 2013
Good use of terminology and explanations; use of video clips
Review by: Member on September 25, 2013
not sure I would apply this in my practice since I don't treat VCD, but interesting
Review by: Member on September 22, 2013
It was interesting new information that I was not aware of content.
Review by: Member on September 9, 2013
clear explanations supported by visuals
Review by: Member on September 9, 2013
Appreciated photos of devices and description/diagrams of different flow volume loops.
Review by: Member on August 29, 2013
Well organized and informative!
Review by: Member on August 13, 2013
Interesting information
Review by: Member on July 17, 2013
Very well organized text .with excellent still photos of "normal verses VCD
Review by: Member on July 12, 2013
Very good information. Presented very clearly. Will be very useful. I am so glad there was useful information on treatment. Thank You!
Review by: Member on June 10, 2013
Liked the video samples
Review by: Member on May 26, 2013
Provided interesting information.
Review by: Member on May 26, 2013
Provided interesting information.
Review by: Member on May 26, 2013
Very informative and clear. Videos were helpful.
Review by: Member on May 23, 2013
Good information on treatment of vocal cord dysfunction.
Review by: Member on May 15, 2013
good treatment strategies listed.
Review by: Member on May 7, 2013
Subject area
Review by: Member on May 6, 2013
New information not available in my M.S. program
Review by: Member on April 20, 2013
good precisae information
Review by: Member on April 2, 2013
Further explanation into diagnosing VCD
Review by: Member on March 23, 2013
Good idea to use spirometry technique for diagnosis.
Review by: Member on March 16, 2013
Excellent explanations of VFD especially as an introductory course.
Review by: Member on February 3, 2013
Information seemed complete. There are some punctualion errors. The treatment section seemed a little rushed as often happens in classes.
Review by: Member on January 15, 2013
Quality information
Review by: Member on January 11, 2013
new information but presented in a way that was easy to understand.
Review by: Member on January 6, 2013
specific explanations, differential diagnosis, flow volume loop & use of spirometry, rescue strategies
Review by: Member on January 3, 2013
Clear and easy to follow.
Review by: Member on December 31, 2012
efficiently showed why spirometry provides useful data for baseline & treatment in VCD
Review by: Member on December 18, 2012
DIFFERENTIAL FINDINGS
Review by: Member on December 11, 2012
clear information
Review by: Member on November 28, 2012
Interesting information and the course was organized well.
Review by: Member on November 14, 2012
Did not know that some elite athletes have VCD, very interesting.
Review by: Member on November 13, 2012
Clear explanation of a potentially confusing topic (spirometry)
Review by: Member on November 11, 2012
clear & concise
Review by: Member on November 6, 2012
USE OF IMAGES AND SIMPLIFIED EXPLAINATIONS
Review by: Member on October 29, 2012
Very simple explanations and good examples. I liked the casual demeanor of the presenter.
Review by: Member on October 28, 2012
Speaker was knowledgeable in her area.
Review by: Member on October 16, 2012
Went beyond the typical discussion on this topic (misdiagnosis) and gave good, solid measurements to look at when diagnosing and treating VCD.
Review by: Member on September 22, 2012
concrete, good definitions
Review by: Member on September 19, 2012
clear explanations of terms which are not always familiar to those of us who do not work with patients with these particular disorders very often
Review by: Member on September 7, 2012
Very practical. Applicable. Clear concise
Review by: Member on August 28, 2012
Plenty of examples and clear presentation of information.
Review by: Member on July 30, 2012
Always interested in finding out more about breathing/respiratory and SLPs.
Review by: Member on July 29, 2012
Very informative! Great information about treatment strategies!
Review by: Member on July 20, 2012
Clear and concise
Review by: Member on July 16, 2012
Valuable information for diagnostics
Review by: Member on July 13, 2012
Easy to read and understand.
Review by: Member on July 1, 2012
Very good presentation of all aspects of diagnosis and treatment of VCD.
Review by: Member on June 28, 2012
Great explanations of the course information.
Review by: Member on May 23, 2012
Interesting information. Well organized.
Review by: Member on May 21, 2012
This was very informative. I am curious how often children are incorrectly diagnosed with asthma.
Review by: Member on May 18, 2012
refresh on techniques
Review by: Member on May 8, 2012
Voice understanding including assessment is challenging. This course has made it more understandable.
Review by: Member on May 6, 2012
Wonderful content. Very helpful!
Review by: Member on April 29, 2012
Great definitions and clarification of VCD. I liked the tx strategies
Review by: Member on April 23, 2012
Clear, concise and practical information.
Review by: Member on April 22, 2012
Very black and white. The explinations were excellent
Review by: Member on March 29, 2012
Straight forward explanations, good diagrams
Review by: Member on January 10, 2012
Clear, non-ambiguous information that separated out VCD from other problems, and at least one good therapy technique.
Review by: Member on December 31, 2011
The various comparisons of VCD with other breathing disorders.
Review by: Member on December 31, 2011
Interesting, I enjoyed the physiology.
Review by: Member on December 29, 2011
very much appreciated the attached handout and the demonstration of test results weaved into the presentation
Review by: Member on December 27, 2011
good information.
Review by: Member on December 26, 2011
Information was clear and informative.
Review by: Member on December 26, 2011
the topic.. however, the methods of treatment differ.
Review by: Member on December 21, 2011
Very detailed so that if a therapist wanted to actually treats patient they would at least have some point of reference
Review by: Member on December 20, 2011
Well organized, clear, concise.
Review by: Member on December 11, 2011
Very informative. Great rescue strategies and treatment techniques.
Review by: Member on December 5, 2011
I have had patients in the past with vocal cord dysfunction and the course was interesting to see how to assess and treat these patients.
Review by: Member on December 3, 2011
examples, practical
Review by: Member on November 30, 2011
Well organized, very informative
Review by: Member on November 29, 2011
Clear explanations and good examples
Review by: Member on November 27, 2011
The perfect combination of objective diagnostic information and fuctional treatment approches.
Review by: Member on November 15, 2011
lots of information
Review by: Member on November 7, 2011
Dr. Russell does not just get stuck on diagnosis. She carries the use of instumentation into the therapeutic process and carefully explains the process. This was very useful and will probably lead to me adding a digital spirometer to my armamentarium.
Review by: Member on November 6, 2011
It is very pertinent to my caseload of patients
Review by: Member on November 2, 2011
clear/ good info re: VCD; would definitely need more specific training if i could get the equipment; i did think that i would be able to learn a technique using the typical "spirometer" that pt's get in the hospital when the title said "using spirometry to diagnose and treat VCD" so that was a little misleading in my opinion

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Course Presenter

bridget russell

Bridget Russell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Bridget A. Russell received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York College at Fredonia. Her research interests are speech ventilation and cost of breathing, and voice/respiratory disorders affecting speech production. She has over 90 regional, state, national and international presentations. She has published works in JSHL, CICSD, and Voice and Speech Review and has served as editorial consultant for JSHLR and Delmar Publishing Group. She is director of the Speech Production Laboratory at SUNY College at Fredonia and is researching the efficacy of voice therapy with patients at the Voice Center of Western New York.


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Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)


Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.


Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with SpeechPathology.com. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.


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