Farrell, Zelda Maria (1999) ‘Towards Earlier and Improved Detection of Oropharyngeal Swallowing Disorders in the Acute Care Setting’ MSc (Research), Trinity College Dublin
Oropharyngeal swallowing disorders (OPSD) leading to aspiration and
reduced swallow efficiency are common in the acute care setting. Patients
presenting with swallow disorders are at a significant risk of developing
medical complications such as pneumonia, malnutrition, dehydration and
weight loss. Such complications are known to contribute significantly to
patient morbidity and mortality. If swallow disorders are detected early there
are many different strategies which can be used to treat the problem
effectively and minimise, or in many cases, eliminate the aspiration and
improve overall swallow efficiency. This allows the patient to eat a regular
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