Math and Dysphagia

Math and Dysphagia

Fighting Dysphagia with an Unlikely Weapon: Math (Part 1) A Guest Post by: George Barnes MS CCC-SLP Co-author: Doreen Benson MS CCC-SLP Thinking about thinking Congratulations. You made it this far. The mathematical title didn’t scare you away. But it's ok if it makes you a little nervous. I mean, you haven't touched math since [...]

The Dysphagia Outreach Project Giving Event

The Dysphagia Outreach Project Giving Event

The Dysphagia Outreach Project Giving Event 2020 Guest Post By:  Jessica Lasky, MS, CCC-SLP and Allison Boyer, MA, CCC-SLP Who We Are The Dysphagia Outreach Project is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2019. The mission of the Dysphagia Outreach Project is to provide meaningful assistance to low-income individuals affected by [...]

Oral Care

Oral Care

The First Thing.... Oral Care is one of the first lines in dysphagia management and in the prevention of aspiration pneumonia.   What do you know about oral care? Aspiration Aspiration is defined as the inhalation of either oropharyngeal or gastric contents into the lower airways, that is, the act of taking foreign material into the [...]

FEES Following Extubation

FEES Following Extubation

The 1998 Paper Leder, Cohn and Moller investigated the incidence of aspiration following extubation in critically ill trauma patients. The study looked at 20 patients who required oropharyngeal intubation for at least 48 hours.   All FEES were completed around 24 hours following extubation. Remember, aspiration is when the bolus enters the airway, below the level [...]

Why the Dye?

Why the Dye?

The many colors of FEES You've maybe witnessed a FEES exam.   It can sometimes be quite colorful. Often, green food coloring is used during the exam.   This helps to make the bolus "stand out" in the pharynx.   You may also see blue food coloring used or even white food coloring or naturally white foods such [...]