Beyond the Swallow: Aspiration Pneumonia Management In Complex Cases

Presented by: George Barnes MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

August 17th, 2022

8:30 PM EST / 7:30 PM CST / 6:30 PM MST / 5:30 PM PST

After this webinar, you will be able to…

  • Identify the importance of risk management for people with dysphagia.
  • Describe the pathogenesis of AP and its risk factors.
  • Describe how the speech-language pathologist could help manage risk factors, including and beyond traditional dysphagia treatment.
  • Explain how to weigh risks and benefits to improve clinical decision-making.


  • 8:30 PM – 8:40 PM: Introducing a new way to manage dysphagia
  • 8:40 PM – 9:00 PM: Aspiration pneumonia (AP) pathogenesis and risk
  • 9:00 PM – 9:15 PM: Risk assessment
  • 9:15 PM – 9:45 PM: Decision-making and managing risk
  • 9:45 PM – 10:15 PM: Case studies
  • 10:15 PM – 10:30 PM: Q&A

Speaker Information

George Barnes MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a Board Certified Specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders and has developed an expertise in dysphagia management, focusing on diagnostics and clinical decision-making in the medically complex population. George yearns to make education useful, research clinical-focused, and quality care accessible. He co-founded a mobile FEES service to expand access to high-quality dysphagia services. George strives to go beyond the swallow in dysphagia management by looking at the whole patient which is evident in his research on a pneumonia risk calculator.

His speaking engagements aim to bridge research and patient care, which have included talks with Dysphagia Cafe, EPSHA, SpeechTherapyPD.Com, NYSSLHA, CSHA, Hackensack University Medical Center, Iona College, Medical SLP Collective, Swallow Your Pride, Fresh SLP, Private Practice Success Stories, and Speech Uncensored.

George has a track record of paying his knowledge forward to other professionals through his courses, his blog (Beyond the Scope), graduate school-level education, clinical fellowship and student supervision, the Student to Empowered Professional (STEP) mentorship program, Medical SLP Collective mentorship service, ASHA special interest groups, peer review for ASHA course material, and his Medical SLP Coaching Program which supports SLPs with the guidance they need to reach their clinical and career goals. He pushes forward various patient-centered initiatives through his work with the SIG13 Dysphagia Editorial Committee, the NJSHA Dysphagia Subcommittee, and participation in various interdisciplinary teams in the hospital setting.

With a passion for food and a deep appreciation for the joy and connection it gives to our lives, he has dedicated his life to helping others enjoy this simple but deep-rooted pleasure.

Financial Disclosures:
George will receive honoraria from the MedSLP Collective for this presentation.

Non-financial Disclosures:
George is currently involved in a research project to create a tool that would calculate the risk of aspiration pneumonia.

Additional Info and FAQ:

Can I get continuing education for this webinar?  

After watching the webinar, you will need to pass a short quiz with at least 80% accuracy to obtain credit for your participation. The link to the quiz will be emailed to you. Once completed, we will email you a certificate of completion within 48 hours.  You have 14 days to complete the test.

If you'd like to earn ASHA CEUs for the presentation, we can report your completion to ASHA. ASHA CEUs are awarded to those that meet eligibility criteria by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the ASHA CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider.

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Who is this webinar appropriate for?  

The target audience for this webinar is licensed speech-language pathologists. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge needed beyond the basic speech-language pathology training and licensing.

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