CEU Allied Health-Company Alert

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If you are looking for a course that is different from the others and affordable, you may want to try CEU Allied Health.

The company is owned by Dr. Eric Blicker and offers a variety of courses.   The price of each course will not cause you to have to take a small loan or sell a family member.  All posted courses are under $30 and most courses are more than an hour in time.

Check out this fairly new company for your CEU requirements!

Cranial Nerves: App Review

App:  Cranial Nerves:  Pocket Clinical Resource

Price:  $2.99

What it is:  An incredibly simple app to use to learn and look up information on cranial nerves.

System:  iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Version:  1.2.4

Let me start off by saying:  I LOVE THIS APP!

I was referenced to a cranial nerve app which was $60.  I thought to myself there has to be a less expensive version that I can utilize just as easily.

I found the app!

We’re told often to complete a cranial nerve assessment, especially looking at neuro patients including CVA and patients with dysphagia.

Cranial nerves can be daunting and scary.  They don’t have to be!

Along the left side of your iPad (for that version of the app), you have a list of the nerves by roman numeral.  Touch the roman numeral corresponding to the cranial nerve you are trying to find.

You will find a full description of that nerve:  function, nerve tract, integrity tests, symptoms and signs and images.

Yes!  This app will tell you how to test the nerve and symptoms signs if the nerve is not intact.

Sometimes there just is not enough information.  If you are a Google/Wikipedia fan like me, then this app was designed for you.  You might notice at the top of the description of the nerve in the above picture, there is a box icon, a G icon, a globe icon and a picture icon.  If you have internet access, touch the G icon.  Amazingly you will be directed to a Google search of that nerve.  Similarly, touch the globe icon (third from the left) and you will be directed to a Wikipedia search of that nerve.

This app can be used as a learning tool and a quick reference when you just can’t remember what that nerve is for or how to test it!

This is a 5-star app in my book!

Lab Tests: App Review

App:  Lab Tests

What it is:  An app that explains values, function and results of the lab values we find in patient charts

Price:  $2.99

System:  iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Version:  3.1

This app is excellent if you are looking to interpret lab values for those acute care patients that have their labs drawn daily or for SNF patients that return from the hospital or have their labs drawn.

You can look up each lab value in the catgory of test i.e. cardiac tests, lipis, urine, etc.

If you look under Red Blood Cells and then choose HbA1c, you are going to get a reference range, a short description and clinical information:

 

This app is very useful in your chart reviews.  Although most lab results will have an indication whether the value of the lab is high or low, you can also look up the clinical information and indication through this app freeing up some (in my case) much needed brain space.

Dysphagia App

What’s changing on Dysphagia Ramblings??

NOTHING!!

I’m adding to enhance my blogging to include app reviews. Not only will I start reviewing apps (officially) on my blog for dysphagia apps, I will also include some cognitive, language, etc apps.

My first review? Of course it has to be Dysphagia by NSS

App: Dysphagia

What it is: A teaching tool that can be used for families, healthcare professionals, students and SLPs. This app can help as a visual tool in teaching the mechanics of the swallow.

Price: $9.99 ($3.99 for only the normal swallow version called Normal Swallow)

System: iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad)

Version: 1.3

This app is simple to use, offers amazing graphics and creates a new, animated teaching tool for SLPs educating others in dysphagia.

When you first open the app, you have a picture of the lateral view of the oropharyngeal region called Normal Swallow, Lateral View.

 

At the bottom of the screen is a play button (the little arrow pointing to the right by the white turning blue line). Above the line is a purple rectangle that tells you what percentage speed you are playing the video. You can touch that rectangle and change the speed of the app from 1% to 100% depending on how fast or slow you want the app to run.

 

At the top of the screen is a menu rectangular purple button. When you touch this button, it allows you view the menu of available swallows to watch. You have the option of:

Normal Swallow, Lateral View
Normal Swallow, AP View
Example of Penetration with Aspiration
Impairment of Bolus Transport
Impairment of Initiation of Pharyngeal Swallow
Impairment of Anterior Hyoid Excursion
Impairment of Laryngeal Vestibular Closure
Impairment of Pharyngeal Contraction
Impairment of PES Opening
Impairment of Tongue Base Retraction

 

Pros of this app:

It offers excellent graphics to teach a swallow and the components of the swallow. If you have taken the MBSImP course, you will recognize the animations.

It’s very easy to slow down or speed up the rate of the play of video to enhance learning for all viewers.

It’s easier to show patients and healthcare professionals the swallow process and easier than a traditional swallow study video to visualize the components of the swallow.

Cons of the app:

It is limited to a few swallow deficits. You can’t show your patient their true swallow using this app, however it would be impossible to have that function!!

This is an excellent app to add to your dysphagia technological toolbox!! It is excellent for students, patients, families, caregivers and SLPs that are not familiar with MBSS to demonstrate the function of the swallow.

My grade: A

Lost Somewhere in a Pediatric World

Are there ever times you just question what you do in life?  There are times, I do.  Then I take a good look at what I do and realize, I don’t really want to be anywhere else.  I’ve worked in many different settings, with both peds and adults.  I LOVE my adults and LOVE working with people with swallowing difficulties.  To me, that is the most rewarding part of my job.

 I also sometimes feel alone in my world of medical adult therapy.  I get on the iPad looking for apps and almost everything is so pediatric based.  I do use my iPad in therapy with adults, but I am very picky on my apps.  I don’t like the “cartoony” apps for my adults.  There are therapists out there in the world that use pediatric resources for adults, however to me, I would not like an activity like that and will not subject my patients to that.  I often see it as demeaning and belittling, but maybe that’s just me.

 I get on Pinterest, with which I have a current obsession, and see all these cute, pediatric ideas.  There is an education category on Pinterest, but not a whole lot for medical.  I love getting ideas for Pinterest, however sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming with the amount of pediatric resources available and the lack of adult resources.

 Twitter is full of resources, but also seems to be very much pediatric based, which is probably the reason I spend most of my time on Facebook, where we have several adult-based groups, with adult-based therapists that share evidence-based practice ideas (and sometimes inaccurate opinions, but hey, it’s still nice to hear various sides and arguments which promote thinking.)

 I challenge all of you adult SLPs out there to help me in creating a larger basis for all of us adult, medical SLPs.  I applaude the efforts of Megan Sutton (Tactus Therapy Solutions) and Barbara Fernandes (Smarty Ears) for delving into the world of adult therapy on i devices (iPad, iPhone) and creating apps I can use in my therapy.   I am so looking forward to seeing more!!  (Or people that could help me turn my ideas into apps!  ;))