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Polypharmacy & the SLP during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Part 1

Course: #9408Level: Intermediate 1 Hour 635 Reviews

This is Part 1 of a four-part series. This course will orient the speech-language pathologist to the risks posed by polypharmacy and COVID-19 to the respiratory system of dysphagia in individuals in long-term care. It will provide an overview of pharmacology concepts and factors contributing to polypharmacy, and will discuss effects of COVID-19 and polypharmacy on anatomy and physiology along with implications for everyday practice.

Please note: This course is also available as part of a 4-hour course, "Polypharmacy & the SLP during the COVID-19 Pandemic" (Course 9430). By completing this course, you will NOT be eligible to complete the 4-hour course for CEU credit.
(Part 2: Course 9466, Part 3: Course 9485, Part 4: Course 9490)

Course created on September 10, 2020

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Course Type: Video

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

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the risks of polypharmacy in the long-term care setting.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to list factors contributing to polypharmacy across the respiratory system of dysphagia.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify components of the oral mechanism examination that may be affected by polypharmacy and COVID-19.


0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-15 Minutes Overview of pharmacology terms & essential concepts
15-25 Minutes Fundamental polypharmacy concepts for the SLP
25-35 Minutes Respiratory system of dysphagia, and polypharmacy
35-45 Minutes Impact of COVID-19 on the neurological system of dysphagia & oral mechanism examination
45-55 Minutes COVID-19 & the respiratory system of dysphagia
55-60 Minutes Summary, Q&A


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Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Jeanna Winchester was paid an honorarium for this presentation. She owns a firm that provides continuing education and consulting services to healthcare professionals. Nonfinancial: Jeanna has authored articles related to this topic.

Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by SpeechPathology.com, a Continued site.

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

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

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International Association for Continuing Education and Training

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Kansas Dept for Aging and Disability Services

Approved for 1 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.

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