Dysphagia and Choking
We have all coughed and spluttered at some point when eating and some of us have been unfortunate enough to choke. Usually this happens when we eat too quickly or eat a food that irritates our throat. Cashew nuts with black pepper always make me cough and sneeze so I don’t indulge very often!
Think about the last time this happened to you. At best its embarrassing … that awful coughing, runny nose and watering eyes that makes everyone turn to you and say “are you alright”. At its worst however, not swallowing correctly can be extremely frightening and potentially life threatening.
With Dysphagia you can run the risk of choking every time you eat. Eating should be a fun activity, but this condition can be very stressful if it is not managed properly. Dysphagia is a common condition in elderly people and people who have learning disabilities.
In this course we will explain what Dysphagia is, how to spot the signs, and who to refer to. We will give guidance on how to make mealtimes a better experience. We will also provide practical guidance on how to support someone who has Dysphagia and how to help them if they choke or become unwell.
Who should take this course?
This course has been designed specifically for Care and Support Workers working in a social care setting. It may also be useful to a wider audience of people who would like to know more about dysphagia and choking.
- What is dysphagia?
- The swallowing reflex
- Causes of dysphagia
- Signs and symptoms
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Supporting someone with dysphagia
- The IDDSI Framework
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Monitoring, reporting and managing risk
Aims of the course
By the end of the course, you will:
- Understand what dysphagia is and what can cause it
- Understand how we swallow
- Identify potential signs and symptoms
- Know how to support an individual to prepare for a diagnosis
- Identify key challenges for people with dysphagia and how to support with these
- Identify key purpose and elements of the IDDSI Framework
- Understanding when someone may be choking and what to do
- How to monitor, report and manage risk
If you sign in to your account on Click before you take this course, you will be able to take the assessment and immediately access/download your certificate upon completion, which looks like this:
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If you sign in to your account on Click before you take this course, you will be able to change the accessibility settings to suit your needs. This includes translation into 100+ languages, some of which can also be read out loud to you.
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