Gina Pifer, Janelle Hatlevig, Tina Wangen, Kirsten Vitale; Preventing Aspiration Complications: Implementing a Swallow Screening Tool. Am J Occup Ther 2019;73(4_Supplement_1):7311515363. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO5031
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Date Presented 04/05/19
There is a clear need for improved clinical identification of all acutely ill hospitalized patients at risk for aspiration. In 2016, a 1,100-bed quaternary-care facility found an upward trend in mortality rates with diagnoses of aspiration from years 2013 to 2015. An aspiration risk screening process was implemented to increase timely involvement of a dysphagia therapist. Current mortality data indicates that this change increases patient safety by timely involvement of dysphagia therapists.
Primary Author and Speaker: Gina Pifer
Additional Authors and Speakers: Janelle Hatlevig
Contributing Authors: Tina Wangen, Kirsten Vitale
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