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Episode Summary

Critical thinking and collaboration are essential in our field as a whole, but perhaps even more so when life itself is at stake. In this week’s episode with Sara Penrod, you’ll learn just how essential these constructs are in the daily work of an ICU SLP. Sara is a career-long medical SLP who has gained a tremendous level of super power in the critical care arena through her dedication to transdisciplinary, continuing education and fearless on-the-job training. If you're a med SLP looking to add to your own critical care toolbox, this episode has thought-provoking and practice-changing info to help you assess, support, counsel, and collaborate like a boss for your most vulnerable patients. If you’re more of a looky-loo, curious about what the ICU SLP actually does that medical staff couldn’t do on their own, come on in! You’ll learn more than you expect and likely leave as I did, pleasantly surprised by just how much value a knowledgeable SLP can bring to a critical care team. This is a true, whole-body, whole-patient episode with lots of big words and even bigger ideas, including some shout outs to the power of a positive partnership with nurses- in many ways, the life-blood of the critical care unit and the thread that connects the intimate needs of the patient to the rest of the team.


Learning Objectives & Course Description

The episode reviews the ways in which an SLP can address speech, language, and communication in the ICU.  This episode also reviews the importance of critical thinking and variables that contribute to success in therapy.

After attending participants will be able to:

  1. Identify ways the SLP can address speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders in the ICU. 
  2. List the reasons for obtaining and synthesizing the most up to date medical information before seeing a patient in the ICU. 
  3. List factors that can contribute to success in therapy or confound SLP-specific diagnoses.


About the Speakers


Sara Penrod, MS, CCC-SLP

Sara Penrod is a passionate Medical Speech-Language Pathologist with over 15 years of experience working with adults across the continuum of care, ranging from acute care and ICU, long term acute care, acute rehab, skilled nursing, and outpatient. Currently employed at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, Sara's clinical interests include adult dysphagia with a focus on critical thinking and decision making, anatomy and physiology, the breath/swallow relationship, head and neck cancer populations, aphasia, and cognitive-communication impairments, specifically Disorders of Consciousness (DOC). Sara obtained her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Pennsylvania State University.

Speech and Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kate Grandbois

Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA with 13 years of clinical experience working in private practice, outpatient clinics, outpatient hospital settings, and consulting to private schools and legal teams. She specializes in augmentative alternative communication, autism and associated disorders, language development, and integrating AAC into the educational/vocational programming of persons with behavioral needs. Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast. Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG.

Speaker Disclosures

Sara Penrod financial relationships: Sara is employed full time in an ICU setting. non-financial disclosures: Sara does not have any financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Kate Grandbois disclosures: Financial: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG.




Time Ordered Agenda

15 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

25 minutes:  Descriptions of ways the SLP can address speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders in the ICU

15 minutes:  Descriptions of reasons for obtaining and synthesizing the most up to date medical information before seeing a patient in the ICU 

10 minutes:  Descriptions of factors that can contribute to success in therapy or confound SLP-specific diagnoses.

5 minutes: Summary and Closing





Disclaimer

The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice. SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated. We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material. We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle. That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared. If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! Wed love to hear from you!


Editors

Episode Summary provided by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP

Audio File Editing provided by Caitlan Akier, MA, CCC-SLP/L, Contributing Editor

Promotional Contribution provided by Paige Biglin, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor 

Web Editing provided by Sinead Rogazzo, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor