The Pulse

Improving Swallow Ability

Posted by ACP - Accelerated Care Plus on May 25, 2023 3:00:00 PM

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This 65-year-old gentleman was admitted to Quince Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Memphis, TN for rehabilitation services following hospitalization due to a stroke. He was diagnosed with oropharyngeal dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). His swallow initiation was inconsistent, and he had difficulty managing his own secretions. He could not take any food or liquid by mouth and a feeding tube was placed. Prior to his stroke, he ate a regular diet.

Speech Therapy: (5x/week x 3 weeks)

Synchrony Dysphagia Solutions by ACP® withPSS-00033 Synchrony with exercise screens
OmnisEMG™ Biofeedback

• Typical swallows with ice chips for swallow initiation using Trace Display and Bow and Arrow virtual reality (VR) representation of muscle movement
• Effortful swallows with nectar thick consistency and progressive challenge with increased viscosity and volume to improve swallow strength using Bar Graph VR representation

Additional Interventions

• Thermal stimulation to facilitate swallow initiation

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This gentleman is thrilled with his outcome in therapy.

PSS-00033 quote“Thank you for everything you did! I can’t wait to get home and eat food again.” – PATIENT


Topics: Dysphagia, Patient Success Story