A little bit of rambling about a lot of dysphagia

Wow, it’s been a really long time since I’ve blogged!! I have a lot that I want to write, but no time, so I’m going to condense it all into one post.

First, I started my own website called Dysphagia Ramblings. You can find it at http://www.dysphagiaramblings.com. It is very much a work in progress. There will be new and exciting things to come. Through this website, I’m planning to run the Dysphagia Journal Club and maybe even sell some products. I would like to create dual-colored wrist bands for diet consistencies with a laminated guide sheet and bracelets with written cues for higher level patients. I also have contemplated creating materials that are ready-made for people to purchase for education for bulletin boards, etc.

In addition to the website, I am starting an online journal club. As I mentioned earlier, it will be run through the website. The first journal article is available here from Google Scholar regarding the McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program. The first article will be discussed at some time in September.

I’m also very curious about what everyone is using as outcomes measures. There are many out there, what are you utilizing?? I’m currently using the MBSImP, Dukes Rating Scales, EAT-10 and FOIS. I’m planning on implementing the ASHA NOMS at some point as well.

Outcome ratings are a must!! How else can you describe and prove progress. I like the numbers that I get, where I can show progress through an increased or decreased number system. That is one way I show improvement through use of VitalStim and my exercise program to make what I do “evidence-based”.

Also, I recently saw Christine Sapienza speak about EMST. This is a very cool concept if you haven’t heard about it, but I’ll leave that discussion for my next post.

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