Cervical Auscultation

Cervical Auscultation

  What is Cervical Auscultation? Using Cervical Auscultation (CA) involves the use of a stethoscope, placed on the throat to "listen" to the sounds of the swallow. Clinicians often use CA to assess swallow sounds and airway sounds.  Judgements are made on the normality of the swallow or the degree of impairment of swallowing. Cervical [...]

Glossectomy

Glossectomy

Glossectomy Let's talk total glossectomy for a minute.   I've actually worked with multiple partial glossectomies in my career and recently have had 2 total glossectomy patients. It seems like a pretty difficult task, right?  Getting someone to eat and drink again with no tongue. Taking the tongue out of the equation of swallowing makes the [...]

3 Reasons You Should Never “Fake it Till You Make it” in Dysphagia

3 Reasons You Should Never “Fake it Till You Make it” in Dysphagia

  I really don't know where the phrase "fake it till you make it" came but it's one phrase that absolutely makes me cringe in relationship to dysphagia. Don't get me wrong.  You should always go in confident in your skills.  How can you possibly be confident though in skills you don't possess? The scary [...]

Gelmix Thickener

Gelmix Thickener

Finding Gelmix I was really excited to see Gelmix at the ASHA Convention this year.  I've heard a lot about Gelmix, but have never had the opportunity to try it until now!   What is Gelmix? Gelmix is a "healthy thickener" as it is USDA Organic.  Gelmix was formulated to thick breast milk, formula and [...]