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How Emergency Room Dysphagia Assessments Can Transform Your Practice

How Emergency Room Dysphagia Assessments Can Transform Your Practice
A recent pilot project has highlighted the potential benefits of conducting dysphagia assessments in the emergency room (ER) within 24 hours of patient registration. This approach can be particularly valuable for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) looking to enhance their practice and improve patient outcomes. Here are some key takeaways from the study "Emergency Room Assessment and Intervention for Dysphagia: A Pilot Project" by Catriona M. Steele.

Why ER Dysphagia Assessments Matter

The study revealed that providing dysphagia assessments in the ER can:

Key Findings

The pilot project assessed 246 patients over seven months, targeting ten high-risk categories. Here are some significant outcomes:

Implementation Tips for Practitioners

If you're an SLP looking to implement ER dysphagia assessments, consider these steps:

Encouraging Further Research

While the pilot project showed promising results, further research is needed to fully understand the long-term benefits and cost-effectiveness of ER dysphagia assessments. Practitioners are encouraged to:

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: Emergency Room Assessment and Intervention for Dysphagia: A Pilot Project

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