Aspiration pneumonia and pneumonitis

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Alcohol, sodas, acidic juices, and coffee can all put you at risk for acid reflux.

I Was Told I Have Reflux. What Next?

Gastro-Esophageal Reflux (GERD) & Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) by Karen M. Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of Introduction: Many people who have reflux come for evaluations by a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), who specializes in difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). Reflux can cause symptoms of dysphagia, namely feelings of choking, coughing during or after meals, food getting stuck, lump in the throat sensation, and more. I have heard people express fear of actually choking (asphyxiation – where the food […]

There is always a reason to smile, says the picture. Learning something new, like the ICD-10-CM may make you cry, but laughter is the best medicine!

ICD-10-CM Dysphagia: After Heartburn & Before Flatulence!

ICD-10-CM Dysphagia (R13): After Heartburn & Before Flatulence! By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of Have you sat through hours of coursework yet for the new ICD-10-CM (Clinical Modification) and ICD-10-PCS (Procedure Coding System)? After 2 1/2 hours of training, I was inspired to investigate further! Do you believe me? What really happened: I was preparing a blog about all the ways to classify pneumonia, and I thought I would check on how pneumonia […]

Oral Care and Aspiration Pneumonia Prevention

10 Trillion Microorganisms vs Your Toothbrush (Part I: Oral Hygiene)

This blog was inspired by the presentation: “Dental Perspectives on Aspiration Pneumonia Causes and Management” by Kennneth Shay, DDS, MS Dentist and Gerontologist Department of Veterans Affairs: Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care ASHA Healthcare & Business Institute April 12, 2014 “The mouth is dirty,” Dr Kenneth Shay stated frankly at the ASHA Institute, and it’s “the biggest hole in your body!” Warning: You may want to finish eating, brush your teeth, floss, use mouthwash, […]

7 Clues in Medical Record to Discover Dysphagia

by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S Inspiration for this blog from: “When the cause of dysphagia is not obvious: Sorting through treasure and surprises in the medical record” by James L. Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S April 11, 2014 at the ASHA Healthcare & Business Institute Medicine has its uncertainties. This may cause the speech-language pathologist to be very conservative, possibly over-treating or overcompensating, per James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S at his talk on April 11, […]