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Back-To-Basics on Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study: Safety & Efficiency and the Underlying Structure & Physiology

Course: #8044Level: Intermediate2 Hours 3485 Reviews

Explore the latest evidence and expert advice about the Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (aka, Modified Barium Swallow Study). This course will discuss the reason for referral, the exam and analysis, and recommendations. Rather than just following the bolus and reporting on aspiration, it is important to determine the pathophysiology behind the aspiration and residue. This course will cover what can be done to improve the swallow and make appropriate referrals and recommendations to guide treatment. Learn what can be offered (e.g., pulmonary clearance techniques, oral hygiene) and what options are available based on the patient's goals, when aspiration cannot be prevented.

Course created on June 8, 2017

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Course Type: Video

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.2 Intermediate, Professional; IACET/0.2; Kansas LTS-S1370/2.0; SAC/2.0

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe how to set up and customize an exam and optimize radiation safety during assessment of the structure and function of the swallow.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify the underlying structural deficit and/or pathophysiology of the dysphagia based on analysis of the exam findings related to safety (penetration/aspiration) and efficiency (residue).
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to list appropriate recommendations (for diet, strategies, referrals, exercises, etc) that correspond to the deficits noted in the exam.


0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-15 Minutes What Are We Testing?
15-25 Minutes Basic Principles of the Instrumental Exam
25-75 Minutes Conducting a VFSS
75-105 Minutes Analyzing the Results/Tools
105-110 Minutes Recommendations
110-120 Minutes Summary, Q&A


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Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Karen Sheffler was paid an honorarium for this presentation by SpeechPathology.com. She is also a dysphagia consultant for Hormel Foods. Non-financial:Karen has a blog & social media sites devoted to dysphagia-related topics. She is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society, the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, and ASHA Special Interest Group 13. She is a champion for the InternationalDysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

continued, LLC, DBA AudiologyOnline, is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). continued complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, continued is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. continued, LLC, is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEUs for this program.

Kansas Dept for Aging and Disability Services

Approved for 2 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board: SpeechPathology.com is approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board as a Continuing Professional Development Provider, approval number PDP 268. This course may meet the requirements for 2 hours of continuing education credit for SLPs as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. The responsibility for determining whether or not this specific course counts toward an individual's requirements for license renewal is up to the individual. Please refer to the CA state board rules regarding allowable topics and self-study limits: http://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/licensees/ce_req.shtml. Live webinars on SpeechPathology.com do not count as self-study courses toward California professional development requirements.

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

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.