presented by Deanna Britton
Financial: Deanna Britton receives an honorarium from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
Non-Financial: Deanna Britton has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Deanna Britton, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS
Deanna Britton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at Portland State University (PSU), and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Northwest Center for Voice & Swallowing in the Department of Otolaryngology (NWCVS) – Head & Neck Surgery at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. She is Board…Read full bio
1. Anatomic Airway Defenses & Mucociliary Clearance
Following aspiration or respiratory compromise, the body employs several strategies at the cellular level to protect pulmonary function. In the first chapter of this course, Deanna Britton reviews key cellular level defenses, such as including mucociliary clearance.
2. Cough and Other Reflexive Airway Defenses
Reflexive and volitional cough and other macro-level respiratory defense mechanisms are also essential to protecting pulmonary function. In this chapter Deanna Britton reviews the mechanisms behind reflexive and volitional cough, and reviews scenarios in which these mechanisms can break down due to respiratory pathology.
3. Alveolar defenses & Overall Summary
Defenses specific to the alveoli represent a final defense mechanism for the pulmonary system. The final chapter of this course provides a brief introduction to these mechanisms, including the alveolar macrophage, anti-bacterial substances, and lymphocytes.
4. Learning Assessment
Test your knowledge with a series of case-based questions.