Preventing Common Secondary Conditions in Advanced MS: A Focus on Aspiration Pneumonia

Release Date: June 1, 2023
Expiration Date: June 1, 2024

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of nursing professionals, physicians, advanced practice clinicians, social workers, and other members of the healthcare team involved in the management of patients with MS.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Identify modifiable risk factors of aspiration pneumonia in order to initiate
    strategies aimed at prevention and early recognition.
  2. Accurately identify specific, actionable interventions to address the identified area of risk with a goal of preventing and reducing aspiration pneumonia.
  3. Describe the benefits of engaging a multidisciplinary team as partners to prevent and reduce aspiration pneumonia.

Rachael Stacom, MS, ANP-BC, RN, MSCN
Elaine Castelluccio, PT, MPT, MSCS, CDP

Accreditation and Credit Designation

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and Independence Care System. CMSC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

The CMSC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The CMSC designates this activity for 1.0 nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) credits

Social Workers (Through ASWB’S ACE Program)

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the CMSC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 clinical continuing education credit.

Certificate of Attendance for Other Healthcare Professionals
A Certificate of Attendance will be given upon completion of course requirements enabling participants to register their credit with the appropriate licensing boards or associations. Participants may apply for other accreditations using procedures established by specific organizations.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Continuing Education, CMSC requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an accredited continuing education activity disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible company within the past 24 months. It is the policy of the CMSC to mitigate all relevant financial disclosures from planners, faculty, and other persons that can affect the content of this CE activity. CMSC seeks to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all educational programs and to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. CMSC is committed to providing learners with high-quality CE activities that promote improvements in healthcare and not those of a commercial interest. For this activity, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Faculty Disclosures

The program faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies:

Rachael Stacom, MS, ANP-BC, RN, MSCN, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Elaine Castelluccio, PT, MPT, MSCS, CDP, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Staff Disclosures

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, or other members at CMSC who are in a position to control content have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, or other members at Independence Care System who are in a position to control content have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Method of Participation / How to Receive Credit

In order to successfully complete this activity, participants must:

  1. Read the learning objectives and disclosures.
  2. Study/view the educational content.
  3. Complete the online evaluation form.

To complete the evaluation and claim credit, go to

There is no fee to participate in this activity.

Support Acknowledgment

This activity is supported by an IOMSN Nightingale Award funded by EMD Serono.

Off-Label Disclosure and Disclaimer

This activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs. Learners are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this accredited activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent clinical judgment of a health care professional relative to diagnostic, treatment, or management options for a specific patient’s medical condition. The opinions expressed in the content are solely those of the individual faculty members and do not reflect those of CMSC or any ineligible company that provided support for this activity.

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The Continuing Medical Education Program is an integral part of the organization’s overall mission which aims to improve learners’ competence and performance‐in‐practice and ultimately improve patient outcomes.

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