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SLP Clinical Connection - Champions Corner

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Sep 20, 2022 12:00:00 PM

Bernadette, Savannah, Brooke

 

Team Champions
Bernadette Guy, M.S., CCC-SLP, Savannah Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP, and Brooke Hierholzer, M.S., CFY-SLP, comprise the speech-language pathology (SLP) team at Dolphin Pointe Health Care Center in Jacksonville, FL. They have excelled with implementation of OmniME™ (Synchrony Dysphagia Solutions by ACP® and OmniFlow® Breathing Therapy Biofeedback System).

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Topics: Dysphagia, Speech Rehab, SLP Clinical Connection

Effective Alternatives for Pain Management Using Virtual Reality and Breathing Therapy

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Aug 23, 2022 8:45:00 AM

Acute and chronic pain are prevalent in the United States and can affect an individual’s mobility, function, and independence. According to the CDC, approximately 20% of the adult population suffers from chronic pain. Opioids including oxycodone, tramadol, and fentanyl are among medications often taken for acute and chronic pain. However, opioids have numerous side-effects, are highly addictive, and can lead to overdose and death. Non-pharmacologic alternatives are recommended to address pain and can play a role during the weaning process from opioids.

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Topics: Pain Management, Clinical Tip

SLP Clinical Connection

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Aug 16, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Respiratory Muscle Training Research Summaries:

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Topics: Dysphagia, Speech Rehab, SLP Clinical Connection

Improving Swallow Ability

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Aug 9, 2022 12:00:00 PM

This 53-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) was admitted to a transitional care unit following hospitalization for aspiration pneumonia with sepsis (life-threatening body response to infection). She had severe weakness and oropharyngeal dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). As a result, she was referred for rehabilitation services including speech therapy to improve her swallow function. This woman has a history of dysphagia with swallowing treatments due to her MS diagnosis, but prior to hospitalization she consumed a regular diet with thin liquids.

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Topics: Dysphagia, Patient Success Story

Virtual Reality in Dementia Care

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jul 26, 2022 10:45:00 AM

A skilled nursing facility rehab department incorporated the OmniVR® for residents in their memory care unit as a way to make activities interactive and fun. Therapists note it is typically difficult to engage these and similar residents in activities, sustain their attention, and keep them actively involved.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Neuro Rehab

Improving ADLs in Chronic Conditions

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jul 25, 2022 1:15:00 PM

According to the CDC, 78% of adults over 55 in the U.S. have one or more chronic conditions. The ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) such as transfers, dressing, and bathing along with instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) such as shopping, cooking, and cleaning informs healthcare professionals regarding the individual’s level of independence. With chronic conditions such as COPD, chronic heart failure, stroke, and diabetes, individuals may have dyspnea, weakness, and poor aerobic capacity which in turn may lead to impaired ability to perform ADLs and IADLs.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary

SLP Clinical Connection

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jul 12, 2022 12:46:41 PM

Celebrate Success!

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Topics: Dysphagia, Speech Rehab, SLP Clinical Connection

Improving Self-Care and Functional Mobility

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jun 22, 2022 4:45:06 PM

This 66-year-old gentleman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility following a two-month hospitalization due to COVID-19 with pneumonia. He was weak and required 6 liters per minute of supplemental oxygen. Prior to hospitalization, he lived at home and was independent with all self-care and mobility.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Cardiopulmonary

Addressing Frailty with Advanced Rehab Technology

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jun 21, 2022 1:44:29 PM

Aging results in a loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) and a decrease in muscle strength, which can lead to functional impairment and frailty. Research highlights the impact of frailty on individuals and how exercise and rehab technology may counteract this decline.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Clinical Tip, Cardiopulmonary

SLP Clinical Connection - Focused Clinical Application

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on Jun 7, 2022 10:10:34 AM

Synchrony: Mendelsohn Maneuver

Mendelsohn Maneuver is not commonly utilized as a swallowing intervention, but has been shown to provide lasting rehabilitative effects.

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Topics: Dysphagia, Speech Rehab, SLP Clinical Connection

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