Preventing Aspiration: Basics of Dysphagia in Acute Care
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SKU: OL8943

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2024

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Non-Member Price: $35.95

Product Overview


Cristina Sisneros, OTR/L, OTD 

Pediatric occupational therapist in acute care/outpatient settings


Janelle Hatlevig, OTR/L, BCPR

Supervisor for acute care practice at Mayo Clinic


Earn .1 CEUs (1 contact hour/1.25 NBCOT PDUs)



The holistic lens of occupational therapy is not complete without considering how feeding, eating, and swallowing impact the lives of our clients. Difficulty swallowing or eating affects nutrition, recovery, medical course, medical management, financial status, personal management of meal preparation, quality of life, social interaction, participation in cultural events, and mental health.  

To this point, the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia were identified and added to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education Standards (ACOTE) in 2018 as requirements for entry level practice.  

To stay competitive in the market within this practice area, OT practitioners should enhance their overall knowledge of feeding, eating and swallowing through professional development including formal and informal education.

This course will cover the basics of dysphagia intervention within the acute care setting by addressing:

·         The OT scope of Practice

·         Dysphagia: assessment and treatment

·         Aspiration

·         Activity and Aspiration

·         Improving client outcomes


Learning Outcomes

Following this course, the practitioner will be able to:

1.    Describe occupational therapy’s scope of practice in evaluating and treating dysphagia.

2.    Identify the phases of swallowing.   

3.    Identify general aspiration precautions that all acute care patients can benefit from.

4.    Recognize the impact of respiratory distress on swallow safety.  

5.    Identify at least 3 ways that any acute care occupational therapist can improve dysphagia care.


OT Domain:  This course covers the occupation of feeding and the process of evaluation, and treatment planning and implementation.

Appropriate for OT and OTA practitioners

Level of information: This is an intermediate course requiring some pre-knowledge about the topic of feeding, eating, and swallowing.