Clinicians who utilize thickened liquids in their clinical practice are aware of their benefits, but what about the risks and contraindications? Advantages and disadvantages of thickened liquids are reviewed in this course with a focus on clinical outcomes, including impacts on medication administration, lung health, and hydration. Product types are evaluated to facilitate appropriate choices for individual clients.
Course created on March 21, 2023
- After this course, participants will be able to identify two impacts of thick liquids on normal swallow physiology.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe at least two risks and benefits of thickening liquids for patients with dysphagia.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe characteristics of starch- vs. gum-based thickeners and their appropriateness for different types of patients with dysphagia.
|5-10 Minutes||Thick liquids and swallow physiology|
|10-15 Minutes||Benefits of thickening|
|15-30 Minutes||Risks associated with thickening|
|30-35 Minutes||Functional outcomes: What does thickening really do?|
|35-40 Minutes||Thickeners and medication administration|
|40-50 Minutes||Thickeners and hydration|
|50-55 Minutes||Starch vs gum: Choosing a product|
|55-60 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 over 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, provided numerous regional and national presentations, and lectured at several colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. She is a recent recipient of the Massachusetts Speech Language and Hearing Association’s Award for Clinical Excellence. Ms Mansolillo is also the author of “Let’s Eat," a clinical guide to the management of complex pediatric and feeding disorders.
Ms. Mansolillo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication 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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