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Aspiration: Risks, Recognition and Prevention

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2016

Practice Level: Beginner

Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

Aspiration is defined as the movement of a foreign substance into the lungs. Aspiration is very common and it can cause significant and serious complications. Recognizing factors that increase the risk for aspiration, knowing which patients are most likely to aspirate, and understanding the signs and symptoms of aspiration are essential to your practice as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). This course will provide CNAs with the information they need to recognize and prevent aspiration.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Swallowing And The Gag Reflex
  • Gag Reflex And Cough Reflex
  • Aspiration Signs And Symptoms
  • The Consequences Of Aspiration
  • Prevention Of Aspiration
  • Practical Methods For Aspiration Prevention
  • Summary

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss aspiration signs and symptoms
  • Describe the consequences of aspiration
  • Explain practical methods for aspiration prevention


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