Med SLP Bundle: Dysphagia Patient, Staff, and Family Education (Pack 1)
The Dysphagia Patient, Staff, and Family Education Bundle includes the following files:
- Form: Continuing the Dysphagia Plan of Care After Going Home
- Dysphagia precautions don't end when someone leaves a hospital or care facility. This form is designed for Speech-Language Pathologists to fill out for patients and family in order to improve carry-over of strategies to reduce risk of dysphagia after returning to a home environment.
- Handout: Alternative Nutrition and Hydration Decision Making
- This handout is designed for SLPs working with patients and interdisciplinary medical team members to make complex medical decisions related to alternative nutrition and hydration. The handout is designed to provide information to SLPs, doctors, nurses, nutritionists, patients, family members, and caregivers. The handout describes the different types of alternative nutrition and hydration methods (PEG vs NG), visualizes the team of people involved in making this decision, and includes two pages of tables packed with evidence-based information about the prognosis, quality of life, risk of aspiration pneumonia, and possibility of curative therapy enabled by alternative nutrition and hydration, organized by major diagnoses. This handout is not meant to be a black/white or yes/no flowchart for this decision. Rather, it provides a broad picture of the evidence base and encourages the decision to be made as a team considering all of the pros and cons of each option.
- Handout: Coping with the Loss of Taste after Stroke or TBI
- Handout for people coping with the loss of taste after surviving a brain injury or undergoing radiation treatment for head and neck cancer.
- Handout: Dysphagia Diet Textures
- Front/back handout outlining dysphagia diets. Designed for speech-language pathologists to give to patients, nurses, dieticians, kitchen staff, etc.
- Handout: Hidden Dangers for People with Dysphagia on Thickened Liquids
- This handout is designed for patients, caregivers, and staff to illustrate where "hidden" thin liquids may pose a risk for people with dysphagia on thickened liquids. While not a comprehensive list, this handout highlights ice, straws, frozen treats, soup, and saliva, laying out the reasons why these things may pose an increased risk of aspiration and offering alternative solutions to reduce this risk.
- Handout: Post-Extubation Dysphagia
- This handout is designed for SLPs working in settings where patients are experiencing dysphagia after being intubated due to surgery or an emergency situation. The handout describes the process of endotracheal intubation, the risk of developing dysphagia, statistics on recovery, how speech-language pathologists can help, and symptoms that would indicate the need for physician referral. The handout also has a visual anatomy drawing with highlights around the vocal folds and epiglottis, which can be damaged during intubation.
- Handout: Quick Dysphagia Stats
- This one-page handout is designed for SLPs working to address dysphagia in rehabilitation settings. The handout features a list of statistics drawn from the evidence base about swallowing and swallowing disorders. Includes references.
- Handout: Signs, Symptoms, and Management of Trismus
- This handout is designed for SLPs working with adults in rehabilitation settings who are experiencing complications after treatment for head and neck cancer. The handout describes the condition of trismus, its causes and effects on the patient, as well as massages, exercises, and stretches to use in therapy.
- Handout: Proactive Swallowing Therapy While NPO
- This handout is designed for SLPs working with people who are on relatively long-term NPO status while recovering from other health impairments. The handout describes recent research outlining benefits of proactive swallowing therapy to prevent dysphagia and describes the basic anatomy/physiology of the swallow as well as the risk of aspiration and aspiration pneumonia.
- Handout: The Right to Refuse to Eat
- This handout is designed for Speech-Language Pathologists working in settings where patients may make the decision to stop eating. The handout is targeted towards family members and staff and describes the neurological processes involved in eating/drinking, how medical professionals can rule out barriers to oral intake (such as dysphagia), the risks of feeding in the face of refusal, considerations for artificial nutrition and hydration, and a brief description of hospice services.
- Handout: What is a Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS)?
- Handout designed for SLPs working with patients who need a modified barium swallow study (MBSS). This handout describes what an MBSS is, why someone might need it, how to prepare for the exam, what will happen during the exam, and what they can expect after the exam. The handout also features a series of 4 images taken from a swallow xray to give patients a concrete idea of what exactly will be imaged during this exam.
- Handout: What is Dysphagia?
- Visualization of swallow anatomy/physiology for speech-language pathologists targeting dysphagia. Resource for SLPs, patients, and medical/therapy staff.
- Handout: What Nursing Staff Needs to Know About Swallowing Disorders and Swallow Precautions
This 5-page handout is designed to assist speech-language pathologists with staff education and training around dysphagia knowledge and precautions. The handout includes information about:
- Dysphagia risks
- The qualifications and role of the SLP
- Aspiration risks
- Red flags of dysphagia
- Strategies SLPs use to reduce risks
- Basic swallow anatomy
- Strategies nurses and CNAs can use to help people with dysphagia
- How to prepare thickened liquids with instructions for powder thickeners and gel thickeners
- Signs and symptoms of dysphagia by common diagnoses
- The importance of oral care
- The risk of aspiration pneumonia in the context of oral care, aspiration risk, and auto-immune status
- Handout: What to Know Before Signing a Legal Variance Form
- This handout is designed for patients and families facing the complex and personal decision of either signing a variance form or following specific safe swallow precautions prescribed in a healthcare setting. All patients and families deserve to know 1) their risk of dysphagia; 2) strategies to reduce their risk of dysphagia; and 3) their rights regarding their choice to use those strategies or not within a healthcare setting. This handout describes these three important factors.
- Handout: You Swallow Spiders in Your Sleep and 10 Other Swallowing Misconceptions
This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists needing to set the record straight on the complexities of swallow precautions and the need for all precautions and strategies to be individualized on a patient-by-patient basis. The handout addresses the following misconceptions with evidence-based information around the following:
- Chin tuck is not for everyone.
- Not everyone with dysphagia needs thickened liquids.
- Pureed does not equal thickened. Thickened does not equal pureed.
- The straw confusion.
- Oral sponges and oral care.
- Lack of teeth and oral care.
- Feeding tubes and aspiration.
- Hidden thin liquids- ice cream, juicy fruit, soups, etc
- Not coughing doesn't always mean no dysphagia
- Coughing doesn't always mean dysphagia
- Keep Calm and Assess the Risk of Aspiration Pneumonia
- Does aspiration = pneumonia? Maybe. This handout is designed to help Speech-Language Pathologists navigate this complex conversation with patients who are at risk of dysphagia. The handout breaks down the evidence base of three variables and how they stack up to different risks. This provides a clear visual as to how a healthy immune system and quality, consistent oral care may be a strong avenue to prevent aspiration pneumonia, even in the presence of aspiration risk.
- Reflux guide for Speech-Language Pathologists
- This visual quick guide to reflux is designed for speech-language pathologists who work with patients experiencing dysphagia possibly related to reflux.
- The Cranial Nerves and the Swallow
- Handout for SLPs that defines the 5 most important cranial nerves as related to swallowing problems.
- Differential Diagnosis: Presbyphagia
- This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists performing differential diagnosis assessments for disease-related swallow impairments vs age-related swallow impairments. The handout describes the oral and motor symptomatic differences for accurate differential diagnosis.
Full access PDF is $100. Once purchased, you may save to your computer and print as many times as needed for your clinical practice.
Please note that PDFs are not easily opened, saved, or manipulated on phones or tablets. We recommend only downloading on a computer after purchase. Digital download links will be available after payment on the checkout page and in your order confirmation via email. You will have 5 download attempts over 1 month to access the file. Only the purchaser may access and use the file for their own clinical practice.
It is ok to:
- Share a printed copy of this resource with a patient/client, their family members and friends, and non-SLP/OT/PT related staff such as nursing, home healthcare providers, physicians, CNAs, social services, dietitians, activities teams, teachers, caregivers, etc.
- Digitally share the file via online, secure, HIPAA-compliant teletherapy software platforms to any of the people listed in the above point in the context of teletherapy.
It is not ok to:
- Share any digital copy with clients outside of the context of teletherapy.
- Store these files in any publicly accessible online storage system, such as a shared Google drive or other online storage service.
- To share these files with other SLP/OT/PT related colleagues or friends. Please refer, don’t share.
Tech specs: Digital download. 32 pages. 8.5 x 11 inches. PDF format. 134.4 MB. Must be opened on a computer, not a phone or tablet.