Leaders in dysphagia supporting your facility, residents, and therapy team
Increase patient safety and progress
They would be fine with a bedside evaluation, right? WRONG!
"The majority of clinical/bedside examination procedures commonly employed by clinicians assessing swallowing function are not reliable, sensitive, and specific for detecting penetration/aspiration or a delayed swallow initiation", Dr. Gary McCullough
FEES has consistently demonstrated a high level of sensitivity in determining presence, severity, and treatment plan for dysphagia.
Early access to instrumental swallow evaluations decreases unnecessary diet modifications and dysphagia therapy.
Accurate diagnosis allows for individualized evidence-based treatment plans. This improves treatment outcomes and may shorten necessary length of treatment.
Mccullough, Gary & T Wertz, R & Rosenbek, John. (2001). Sensitivity and specificity of clinical/bedside examination signs for detecting aspiration in adults subsequent to stroke. Journal of communication disorders. 34. 55-72. 10.1016/S0021-9924(00)00041-1.
One fixed fee per procedure
No transportation costs
No staffing costs
No missed therapy minutes for travel or procedure.
In-house SLP can assist with the procedure as a a treatment session.
Decrease cost of diet modification and thickened liquids by only using when necessary
Decrease need for staffing supervision during meal time
Improve quality of life
The "best educated guess" during a clinical swallow evaluation should never be enough information to dictate changes to an individual's quality of life.
Eliminate unnecessary diet modifications or use of thickened liquids.
Allow individuals to maintain as much of their familiar routine as possible during a trying time. Imaging eliminates unneeded recommendations for postural changes, compensatory strategies, or restrictions on eating/drinking.
Use visual feedback to help patients/residents truly understand their swallowing an be an active participant in their recovery