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Dysphagia and Medication Management – A Hard Pill to Swallow

Sometimes it’s hard to determine what’s causing swallowing difficulty in individuals with dysphagia. Does the swallowing difficulty make it harder to take medication or are the medications impacting their ability to swallow safely? Unfortunately, this confusion leads to frequent medication errors in these clients.
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Faculty:
Angela Mansolillo
Duration:
1 Hour 34 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Nov 20, 2020

Description

Sometimes it’s hard to determine what’s causing swallowing difficulty in individuals with dysphagia. Does the swallowing difficulty make it harder to take medication or are the medications impacting their ability to swallow safely? Unfortunately, this confusion leads to frequent medication errors in these clients.

In this session, Angela Mansolillo, MA, CCC-SLP, Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders, will teach you medication management in individuals with swallowing disorders. You will learn how pill swallowing impacts normal swallow physiology and identify alterations, and neurological changes, that occur in individuals with dysphagia. Medication formulations will be discussed and the legal implications of practices to facilitate administration, including crushing or thickening, will be reviewed.

You will finish this session with effective tools for improving safe medication administration, mitigating side effects that impact swallowing, and reducing medication errors in people with dysphagia.

Handouts

Outline

Pill/Tablet Swallow Physiology

  • What happens when we swallow a pill?

Issues in Administration for People with Swallowing Disorders

  • Medication type - liquids, tablets and capsules
  • Potential for medication errors
  • Altering medications - easier to swallow but is it really safer?

Medication Induced Dysphagia

  • Neurological impacts
  • GI impacts
  • Impact on salivation, dry mouth

Interventions

  • Compensations and maneuvers - making swallowing easier
  • Improving dry mouth
  • Sensory interventions
  • Reducing medication errors related to dysphagia
  • New directions - changes in formulations for easier swallowing

Faculty

Dysphagia and Medication Management - A Hard Pill to Swallow

Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S Related seminars and products: 10


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, provided numerous regional and national presentations, and lectured at several colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. Angela is a sought-after speaker for both live and online continuing education courses as she seamlessly blends current research with clinical experience. She is a recent recipient of the Massachusetts Speech and Hearing Association’s Award for Clinical Excellence.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Angela Mansolillo has an employment relationship with Cooley Dickinson Hospital. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Angela Mansolillo is board certified specialist, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association.