Dysphagia Education for Patients, Families, and Staff

Dysphagia Education for Patients, Families, and Staff

Helping people visualize how the swallow works is the first step in meaningful dysphagia therapy. The swallow mechanism itself is incredibly complex, using over 30 nerves and muscles (or more, depending on who you ask). It’s an interwoven dance with several key elements that can break down along the way. Before starting dysphagia therapy, ask your patients: “What has anyone told you about your swallowing disorder? What can you tell me about it?” This will give you a starting point and will begin the long dialogue that will help tease out what the person needs and wants from therapy. From...

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Megan Berg
7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Oral Care Products for the SLP Oral Care Arsenal

7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Oral Care Products for the SLP Oral Care Arsenal

Looking for some fresh oral care products, particularly for patients who have tried everything and are looking for new recommendations to improve dry mouth, mouth sores, or prevent aspiration pneumonia? These products are not what you might typically find in a nursing supply closet and may offer alternative solutions. Please note that Amazon links are affiliate. #1: Steripod Clip-on Toothbrush ProtectorThese toothbrush protectors can be opened with one hand and protect patients’ toothbrushes from the many bacteria floating around in hospital bathrooms. It includes a sanitizing agent that is a thymol compound made from thyme extract, which has antiseptic properties....

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