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Understanding Dysphagia

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-17 at 3.03.17 PMWe’re always on the lookout for outstanding educational material on the subject of swallowing disorders. We found this seven minute video on YouTube.

It is sponsored by Nestle Nutrition and describes the following: what is dysphagia, signs and symptoms, physical and psychological affects on the patient (and to some extent one’s family/friends), the anatomy of swallowing, and finally nutrition and hydration management. Theirs is a lot out there on YouTube, but this video packed in great content in a short clip.

Understanding Dysphagia Video Clip



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The Five-Minute Swallowing Assessment Survey

A swallowing assessment study published in 2008* reported that a swallowing “disorder is under recognized by most clinicians and is frequently underreported by patients.” To provide an easy assessment tool and promote better communications between a patient and their clinicians, the study authors developed and validated a self-administered Eating Assessment Tool with 10 easy questions. This assessment tool is named “EAT-10” and has been adopted by many clinics as a means of initial patient assessment and ongoing progress.

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Dysphagia patients experience the effects of water boarding

Written by Ed Steger, NFOSD president and a severe dysphagia sufferer for over six years.

Dr. Peter Belafsky, an NFOSD board member and current president of the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) wrote a president’s letter to the DRS membership in June 2012. In that letter he likened the affects of severe dysphagia on the patient as being in a constant state of water boarding. The video in this article was published by Amnesty International. Be forewarned, it is short, yet graphic, and is not for everyone.

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Pill Swallowing, Helpful Tips and Ideas

by Jan C. Pryor M.A., CCC-SLP, BRS-S

The NFOSD was contacted recently by freelance journalist Janie Rosman. She was writing an article for Today’s Caregiver magazine and asked for some advice on the subject of pill swallowing difficulty. Jan Pryor provided a write up with a few tips and ideas which may help our readership.

A frequent problem for people with swallowing difficulties is taking pills. Usually the trouble is swallowing large pills. There are several options that simply alter the form of the medication.

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Thoughts of Water

Check out this little bonus video Steve Rosenfield and Tyler Brown put together for The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders! You’ll gain an appreciation for something as simple as drinking water from Sonia Blue’s incredibly eloquent and powerful words; a must-hear for everyone. Andy Othling of Lowercase Noises provided the stellar soundtrack. Thank you for watching and please repost, you never know who you might be helping.

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