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Webinar: Aspiration Pneumonia – It’s More Than Aspiration

  • 09 Mar 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Webinar


  • Free for MSHA Members
  • Includes MSHA membership. Membership registration code sent following the webinar.


Webinar: Aspiration Pneumonia – It’s More Than Aspiration

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Members: FREE
Non-Members: $60

Dysphagia has many adverse health consequences, not the least of which are aspiration and aspiration pneumonia. Pneumonia is a complicated diagnosis, however, and not always the direct result of aspiration. This course will provide dysphagia clinicians with tools to better predict pneumonia in their patients by describing pulmonary clearance mechanisms, identifying pertinent imaging and lab results, and discussing specific pneumonia risk factors.

Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Learner Outcomes
The participants will be able to:
1. Differentiate aspiration pneumonia from other types of pneumonia
2. Describe three risk factors for aspiration pneumonia in individuals with dysphagia
3. Identify and implement two therapeutic strategies to reduce risk of aspiration pneumonia in individuals with dysphagia

Time-Ordered Agenda

10:00-10:20 am I What is Aspiration Pneumonia?

10:20-10:30 am II Pulmonary Clearance Mechanisms

10:30-10:45 am III Who Gets Sick? Consideration #1 - Is there a bacteria source?

10:45-11:10 am IV Who Gets Sick? Consideration # 2 – Is aspiration occurring?

11:10-11:25 am V Who Gets Sick? Consideration # 3 – What was aspirated?

11:25-11:50 am VI Who Gets Sick? Consideration # 4 – What is the potential for clearance?

11:50-11:55 am VII case review

11:55-12:00 pm VIII Wrap up and questions

About the Presenter

Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders with more than 30 years of experience. She is currently a senior Speech-Language Pathologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts where she provides evaluation and treatment services for adults and children with dysphagia and is involved in program planning and development for inpatient and outpatient programming including quality improvement initiatives, patient education, and clinical policies and protocols. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at Elms College Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Over the course of her career, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, provided numerous regional and national presentations, and lectured at several colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. Most recently, she is the author of Let’s Eat, a clinical manual for treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. Angela is a sought-after speaker for both live and online continuing education courses as she seamlessly blends current research with clinical experience.

Disclosure Statements

Financial: Angela receives a salary as an employee of Cooley Dickinson Hospital as a speech pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders. She receives a salary as an adjunct faculty member at Elms College Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Angela receives royalties as the author of "Let's Eat". She is receiving an honorarium for this presentation.

Non-financial: Angela is a member of ASHA and MSHA.

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