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The Cranial Nerves and the Swallow

July 4, 2024 by Megan Berg.
This visual handout describes the function of each cranial nerve related to swallow and what can be expected if this nerve is damaged.
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Common Autoimmune Diseases and Dysphagia

June 30, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Autoimmune diseases can cause dysphagia when the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells, organs, and tissues involved in the swallowing process. This handout provides basic information on fifteen autoimmune diseases that can affect swallow function. Amos, J., Baron, A., & Rubin, A. D. (2016). Autoimmune swallowing disorders. Current opinion in otolaryngology & head and neck […]
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PROs and PROMs for Dysphagia Treatment

June 30, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
These dysphagia-related patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) guide therapy sessions toward a more person-centered approach for dysphagia treatment. This packet includes the Dysphagia Handicap Index (DHI), the M.D. Anderson Dysphagia Inventory (MDADI), the Swallowing Disturbance Questionnaire, and the EAT-10. Cohen, M. L., & Hula, W. D. (2020). Patient-reported outcomes and evidence-based practice […]
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Papaya Enzyme for Dry Mouth and Oral Care

May 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This handout provides a snapshot ofExploring the current research and rationale for using papaya enzymes to help individuals with xerostomia, saliva management, and oral health. Rowe, M., Lawn, C., & Wilson, B. (2018). Effects of papaya enzymes on the viscosity of saliva and oral hygiene in patients with a dry mouth. Journal of Pharmaceutical Care […]
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Multiple Systems Atrophy and Dysphagia

May 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Multiple systems atrophy is an adult onset, sporadic, rapidly progressive neuro-degenerative disease that presents with a common early symptom of dysphagia. Aspiration pneumonia is the leading cause of death in MSA, so it is important for SLPs to be knowledgeable of the evaluation and treatment, which can be found in this educational handout. This handout […]
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Badge Reference Cards for Medical SLPs

May 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Included are ten badge reference cards related to arterial blood gas/vital signs, common ventilator modes, parts of tracheostomy, model of anatomy for speech, swallowing, and voice education, PMV considerations and cleaning, cranial nerve exam for speech and swallowing, Glasgow Coma Scale/NIH Stroke Scale, orientation log, determining risk for aspiration pneumonia, and Beck’s oral assessment to […]
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Muscle Tension Dysphagia

April 30, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This quick reference guide captures the basics of muscle tension dysphagia and outlines some available treatment options. Kang CH, Hentz JG, Lott DG. Muscle Tension Dysphagia: Symptomology and Theoretical Framework. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Nov;155(5):837-842. da Cunha Pereira G, de Oliveira Lemos I, Dalbosco Gadenz C, Cassol M. Effects of Voice Therapy on Muscle […]
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Handout: What is Barium Sulfate and How Does it Affect My Body?

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
During a modified barium swallow study, barium helps assess a person’s swallowing function. A medical professional can use this handout to discuss whether a modified barium swallow study is best for the person and how barium affects the body. Bracco Diagnostics. VARIBAR® THIN LIQUID (BARIUM SULFATE) FOR ORAL SUSPENSION, 81% w/w data sheet. April 2023. […]
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Oral Care Assessment, Guide, and Schedule

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Use the Beck Oral Assessment Scale to determine how frequently oral care should be completed, and use the included guides and schedules as visual reminders for completing consistent and thorough oral care. Beck, S. (1979). Impact of a systematic oral care protocol on stomatitis after chemotherapy. Cancer Nursing, 2, 185–199.
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