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A large number of people in care or requiring care have difficulty eating as a result of Dysphagia, which is an issue with swallowing. Unfortunately, it is a common consequence of many conditions including dementia, stroke, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis.
This training will provide knowledge on the process of swallowing, reducing the risks of choking, and how to spot the early signs of problems swallowing. Difficulties swallowing can have potentially life-threatening consequences such as choking, dehydration, malnutrition, weight loss, and more.
Understanding dysphagia and managing it can help reduce the risks it poses and also improve the quality of life for those who are dealing with dysphagia.
Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria:
What this course offers:
Introduction – Physiology of Swallowing:
Understand the process of swallowing identifying the stages involved.
What is Dysphagia:
Understanding the terminology
Identify the different types of Dysphagia
Warning signs or triggers
Understand the difference between coughing and choking/treatment for these
Identify signs and symptoms of aspiration
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD):
Discuss GERD including signs and symptoms and treatments available
Modification of diet and fluids
Administration of medication
Liaising with MDTs
Risk Assessment / Care Planning
Practical feeding experience with thickening agent