Effective Management of Dysphagia in Stroke Patients Training


The following Effective Management of Dysphagia in Stroke Patients Training educates healthcare providers (HCP) on the structures involved in swallowing. Swallowing dysfunction is one of the first obstacles to recovery for the great majority of the 6.2 million stroke survivors in the US. In addition to raising the risk of morbidity and death following a stroke, dysphagia also has a major negative impact on a person’s quality of life when it prevents them from eating meals with friends and family.

What you will learn:

  • Various causes of dysphagia
  • Conducting thorough patient assessments through history-taking
  • Skills to perform FEES
  • Analyzing FEES results
  • Various therapeutic interventions
  • Diet modifications
  • Educating patients about dysphagia management
  • The role of different healthcare professionals in the management of dysphagia
  • Ethical dilemmas in dysphagia management


Course length: 1 hour. CME: 1

Languages: American English

Key features: Audio narration, learning activity, and post-assessment.

American Medical Compliance is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical  Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education to physicians. Our Continuing Medical Education (CME) program is committed to enhancing the knowledge, skills, and professional performance of healthcare providers to improve healthcare outcomes. Through high-quality educational activities, we aim to address the identified educational gaps to support the continuous professional development of our medical community. American Medical Compliance designates this activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim this credit for their complete participation in this activity.

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Dysphagia Effects More Than 50% of Stroke Survivors

Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, unfortunately effects more than 50% of individuals who have survived a stroke. Thankfully, most of these individuals regain their ability to swallow within 7 days, and after 6 months, just 11–13% of them still have dysphagia. 80% of patients with protracted dysphagia, according to one study, needed alternate enteral feeding techniques. Aspiration pneumonia is the most common consequence of dysphagia following a stroke. The incidence of lung infection increased by 17% in patients with dysphagia (33% vs. 16%, respectively) compared to those without it, as determined by bedside clinical examination. In the same study, stroke survivors who also had dysphagia had a death rate of over 30%. Patients with dysphagia are also susceptible to dehydration and malnutrition, particularly if they are given thickened drinks or altered meals. To learn more of the effects of stroke-related swallowing difficulties and therapeutic measures associated with it, click the button below.

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