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When Food is No Longer a Comfort

Published by <p>Facing the end of life for a loved one is challenging. This handout will explain why some people stop eating and drinking toward the end of life and how family members can continue showing love and care in other ways. Askren, A. N., & Kershner, M. (2020). Eating, drinking, and comfort at end-of-life: Promoting a […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Alternative Nutrition and Hydration: Evidence and Ethical Considerations

Published by <p>We will review the evidence base of alternative nutrition and hydration for patients who have survived a stroke or brain injury, live with a neuro-degenerative disease, are in a persistent vegetative state, and/or have dysphagia, advanced dementia, advanced cancer or organ failure, and/or head and neck cancer. Relevant case studies from the Center for Practical […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Recommendations of Nasogastric Tube Removal in Acute Stroke Patients Based on Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (2017)

Published by <p>Dysphagia occurs in about 27% to 67% of patients after an acute stroke. Evaluation and treatment of dysphagia are important to prevent aspiration pneumonia and malnutrition, which reduce the person’s quality of life. Those patients with aspiration are seven times more likely to develop aspiration pneumonia than those without aspiration. It is common for NGT […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

NG Tube Effect on Swallowing Physiology

Published by <p>A common question asked by SLPs is whether the presence of an NG tube affects swallow function. This clinical resource provides insight and answers to this question using research on both normal and post-stroke populations. <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Keep Calm and Assess the Risk of Aspiration Pneumonia

Published by <p>Does aspiration = pneumonia? Maybe. This handout is designed to help SLPs 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 […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Xerostomia / Dry Mouth

Published by <p>This handout describes the various causes of xerostomia and provides a list of treatment options, including using natural enzymes, adjusting medications, oral rinses and moisturizing products, use of humidifiers, and avoiding dehydrating foods/liquids. <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

What to Know Before Signing a Legal Variance Form

Published by <p>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 […] <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>

Alternative Nutrition and Hydration Decision Making

Published by <p>The handout provides information to SLPs, doctors, nurses, nutritionists, patients, family members, and caregivers. <div class="woocommerce"> <div class="woocommerce-info wc-memberships-restriction-message wc-memberships-message wc-memberships-content-restricted-message"> This content is only available to members. </div> </div> </p>