Clever Clinical Clips The use of straws is often a controversial issue with patients in the nursing home. Some say never, whereas other use the straw to encourage appropriate postures or to develop labial strength and mobility. As always these decisions must remain be patient specific. I have had several interesting suggestions ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 1999
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Article   |   October 01, 1999
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SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 1999, Vol. 8, 15. doi:10.1044/sasd8.3.15
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 1999, Vol. 8, 15. doi:10.1044/sasd8.3.15
The use of straws is often a controversial issue with patients in the nursing home. Some say never, whereas other use the straw to encourage appropriate postures or to develop labial strength and mobility. As always these decisions must remain be patient specific. I have had several interesting suggestions regarding straws and adaptations for their use in my correspondence that I would like to share with you.
The straw chasing syndrome (SCS) is often noted with patients with limited visual/perceptual control (eye/hand coordination) secondary to acute of chronic neurogenic disease. As was so eloquently stated by Donna DeLurgio: “Making a life a little more pleasant doesn’t always involve matters of heroic proportion.”
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