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Public Health Alert – COVID 19
An MBSS is still a very important evaluation for dysphagia patients to have at this time. It is important to keep their respiratory status as strong and uncompromised as possible, considering the effect of COVID 19 if someone does becomes infected.
Just something to keep in mind when you are deciding between FEES and an MBSS to assess for dysphagia during the COVID crisis. Existing evidence reported by the CDC indicates that the viral density is greatest in the nose and nasopharynx, it is likely that use of instrumentation in and through these areas would lead to increased risk for transmission of COVID-19. Additionally, procedures such as FEES typically involve the application of various sprays, which can aerosolize the pathogens on the mucosa. You can read more about these COVID precautions on the CDC and at ASHA. Make sure you are make the right decision for your patient’s current situation.