Speech Language Pathologists are often asked to make recommendations for safe swallowing of medications for patients with dysphagia, but have limited information about pharmacodynamics. This course will provide clinicians with the information they need to understand and manage swallowing-related medication effects, identify potential impacts of food and thickener on medication effectiveness, and prevent medication errors in their clients with dysphagia.
Course created on June 12, 2018
- After this course, participants will be able to explain concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics as they impact people with dysphagia.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe medication effects and side effects and their impact on swallow function.
- After this course, participants will be able to identify strategies to reduce medication errors for people with dysphagia.
|5-10 Minutes||Pharmacology, aging, and dysphagia|
|10-40 Minutes||Pharmacokinetics: Administration, absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion|
|40-70 Minutes||Pharmacodynamics: Swallowing-related therapeutic effects, side effects|
|70-80 Minutes||Managing dysphagia-related side effects|
|80-85 Minutes||Reducing medication errors in patients with dysphagia|
|85-90 Minutes||Summary, Q&A|
MA CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Angela Mansolillo, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders with more than 30 years of experience. She is currently a senior Speech-Language Pathologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts where she provides evaluation and treatment services for adults and children with dysphagia and is involved in program planning and development for inpatient and outpatient programming including quality improvement initiatives, patient education, and clinical policies and protocols. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at Elms College Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Over the course of her career, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, with a variety of client populations. She is a frequent provider of continuing education in dysphagia evaluation and management in regional, national, and on-line settings.
Ms. Mansolillo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Rhode Island College in 1983 and earned her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in 1985 from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing association and is a member of Special Interest Division 13, which focuses on swallowing and swallowing disorders.
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