AAC in Acute Care

AAC in Acute Care: Facilitating Patient-Provider Communication and Reducing Risks – Monday, May 7, 2018

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenter:  Richard Hurtig, Ph.D.

Moderated by:  Amy Goldman

USSAAC Education Committee:  Sarah Blackstone, Betsy Caporale, Gretchen Cole-Lade, Amy Goldman, Amanda Hettenhausen, Mike Hipple, Richard Hurtig, Stephanie Meehan, Wendy Quach, Lisa Timm

About the Presenter: Richard Hurtig, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa, and is a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association. He directs the UI Assistive Devices Laboratory and is also Founder and Chief Scientific Offices of Voxello. His research over a period of 25 years has included the development of assistive technologies for individuals with complex communication needs and the development of strategies to facilitate patient-provider communication in acute care and for persons with ALS.

Webinar Highlights:  Many hospitalized patients are unable to effectively summon help and effectively communicate with their caregivers. Barriers to effective patient-provider communication puts patients at increased risk of experiencing preventable adverse medical events and added stress. Implementing AAC strategies in the ICU allows patients to be active participants in medical decision making and end-of-life conversations, and can help reduce healthcare costs.


  • Administrative fees for ASHA CEUs are included in your USSAAC membership. For non-members, the cost is $25.
  • ASHA CEUs are only available for those attending the live webinar.
  • For details, please visit the USSAAC website.





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