Dysphagia Awareness

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Course Details
Dysphagia Awareness
Course Length:

3 hours

Maximum Number of Attendees:


Course Description:

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

  • Managing Dysphagia

    • Discuss:

      • Preventative measures

      • Mealtimes

      • Modification of diet and fluids

      • Oral care

      • Administration of medication

      • ADLs

      • Positioning

      • Liaising with MDTs

      • Risk Assessment / Care Planning

  • Practical Session:

    • Practical feeding experience with thickening agent

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