Program Description and Overall Goal:

Who decides whether to place a feeing tube or remove it? What do you do when your client is NOT following your recommendations and placing himself at risk for aspiration? What if your client is a child and it is the caregiver not following through? How liable are you in any of these situations?

Let’s take a look at the practice of medical ethics in the arena of dysphagia. We’ll discuss the basic principles of medical ethics as outlined by the American Medical Association and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and then practice applying these principles to Feeding assessment and treatment by analyzing real-life scenarios. We’ll even get into key types of personal boundaries and look at how our own boundaries effect the decisions we make in ethical dilemmas.

Are you ready if you have to go to court to defend a decision you made? Would you have a leg to stand on? We’ll also review recent malpractice litigation in the area of dysphagia and what our legal and ethical obligations are under the current system.

You’ll come away with guidelines to help you navigate common and not-so-common situations in dysphagia practice. PLUS, you’ll meet your 2-hour Ethics requirement for license renewal!! Can’t beat that!

As a result of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Outline the basic principles of Medical Ethics and ASHA Ethics and how they apply to dysphagia assessment and treatment.
  2. Explain how one’s personal boundary system comes into play in decision-making in the therapy arena.
  3. Review key points in recent dysphagia malpractice litigation for the purpose of avoiding similar mistakes.
  4. Analyze case study examples for violation of or adherence to above principles.

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