Help! There’s a Laryngectomee on My Caseload: Managing Patients Outside of a Major Cancer Center – Recorded Event

Recorded Event Dates: December 1-31, 2023.
CEU Deadline: January 14, 2024
Speaker: Aubrey Dunlap, MS, CCC-SLP

Speaker Bio:  Aubrey Dunlap, MS, CCC-SLP is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology program at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. She specializes in voice and swallowing disorders with a focus on head and neck cancer, including laryngectomy management. Aubrey has worked primarily in acute care hospitals and outpatient clinics, including at a cancer center. She has experience across the continuum of care, from inpatient rehab and skilled nursing to home health. Aubrey has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in dysphagia, acquired speech and language disorders, and voice and resonance disorders.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Abstract:  Management of laryngectomees is often viewed as the responsibility of SLPs at major cancer centers. However, factors such as acuity level, additional rehabilitation needs, and proximity may affect the timing or accessibility of this. SLPs in inpatient, outpatient, or home health settings may not feel comfortable assessing and treating these patients. This Fall Medical Speaker Series will explain how to teach essential skills for voice, pulmonary, and swallow rehabilitation pre- and post-laryngectomy. It will present evidence-based pathways for a variety of settings. This series will address how to respond to critical situations, such as voice prosthesis dislodgement. It will cover SLP and patient resources, including mentorship, continuing education, support groups, state programs, and multidisciplinary and intradisciplinary collaboration.

Learner Outcomes:
After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least three essential skills to teach laryngectomees for voice, pulmonary, and/or swallow rehabilitation during pre- and post-surgical therapy
  2. Summarize an evidence-based pathway for treating patients pre- and post-laryngectomy
  3. Identify at least three related professionals with whom to collaborate for a whole-person approach when treating laryngectomees
  4. Identify at least three support resources for SLPs who do not regularly treat laryngectomies
  5. Identify at least three online or in-person support group resources for laryngectomees

Time Ordered Agenda:
6:00 pm – Introduction
6:05 pm – Barriers to and benefits of appropriate laryngectomy care
6:10 pm – Pathways for pre-surgical, post-surgical, and intermediate facility management of laryngectomees
6:25 pm – Pathways for common urgent and chronic laryngectomy situations
6:40 pm – Accessing practical laryngectomy resources
6:50 pm – Q&A

ArSHA Member:  $25
Non Members: $50
Students: $10

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Disclosure Statements:

Financial Disclosure:   Aubrey Dunlap will be receiving an honorarium from ArSHA for this presentation.  She is employed at Midwestern University and will be referencing case studies from her place of employment.

Non Financial Disclosure:  Aubrey Dunlap has no non-financial Relationships to disclose.