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Dysphagia Postextubation: Getting the Right Tool for the Job

Author(s): Heather Przybyl, Amy Schaenzer

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: Patient Safety

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

The risk of dysphagia increases every day a patient is intubated. Dysphagia’s pathophysiology is multifactorial and the consequences of postextubation dysphagia (PED) are associated with poor outcomes. To promote patient safety, nurses need a tool to screen patients for PED to reduce the risk of ingesting oral intake inappropriately. Case studies demonstrate how an evidence-based PED screening tool can identify patients at risk for dysphagia to prevent aspiration pneumonia.


  • Describe the incidence, risk factors for and pathophysiology of postextubation dysphagia.
  • Compare and contrast a dysphagia screening versus a dysphagia evaluation.
  • Assess a patient for postextubation dysphagia using an evidence-based assessment tool.

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Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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