Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies for Aspiration Pneumonia in Dysphagia Patients


About the Course
Healthcare professionals who work with adults in the acute and post-acute settings may frequently work with patients who have Aspiration Pneumonia.  Similarly, healthcare professionals who work with older patients or those with dysphagia, may implement significant measures to prevent aspiration, to therefore prevent the resulting infection of aspiration pneumonia.  

This course reviews the evidence of the actual risk factors so that one can better understand the holistic viewpoint for the least restrictive strategies for each unique individual.  Considerations will be given for all prevention strategies, based on current research and practical applications.

Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Differentiate the different types, causes, and potential outcomes of aspiration.    
  • Distinguish the different clinical factors that increase the risk of aspiration.    
  • Analyze the factors of saliva in relation to aspiration pneumonia.    
  • Predict the role of proper patient oral hygiene in the prevention of aspiration pneumonia.    
  • Relate the different intervention strategies and their application to address aspiration risks to promote health and improve quality of life in patients. 


About the Author/Presenter
Lisa Milliken  MA, CCC-SLP, FNAP CDP, RAC-CT, CADDT, has served as a practitioner, regional manager, vice president, consultant, compliance director and education specialist. She has lectured at the state and national levels with over 400 professional continued education courses on topics of importance to healthcare professionals. She has mentored team members across the country in senior retirement communities on clinical programming for the past 30 years. She is currently the owner of Milliken Healthcare Consulting, where she teaches conferences across the country, and is also director of research and program development for Regency Integrated Health Services.    

Lisa is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she serves as a state advocate for Medicare Policy for Texas; is president-elect for the Texas Speech-Language and Hearing Association (TSHA); and is a distinguished fellow of public policy for the National Academies of Practice. She is also a board member of the Kingwood-Humble Aggie Mom club and lives in Houston, Texas.   

How to Receive Credit 

  • View the entire recording which requires a 3-hour commitment of time.
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
    Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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