Texas Speech and Hearing Association (TSHA) 62nd Annual Convention
Houston, Texas
March 1 -3, 2018

What You Do Not See on a Bedside Swallow Evaluation
Presented by: Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP and Pam Ragland M.S. CCC-SLP 

A clinical exam of swallowing is often referred to as a Bedside Swallow Evaluation and it serves as a tool for identifying clinical presentation of dysphagia and to determine the need for instrumental evaluation. BSE has definite limitations and aspiration cannot be confirmed or ruled out without Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS) (Swigert, 1998). Approximately 40% of the patients who aspirate regularly during an MBSS were not identified as aspirating when examined at bedside because they did not cough or show outwards signs of aspiration (Logemann, 1983)

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the limitation of a bedside swallow evaluation
  2. Participants will be able to list the sections of a clinical exam and dysphagia indicators
  3. Participants will be able to identify disorders on an MBSS that would be undetectable during a bedside swallow evaluation 

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