Editor's Corner This issue of Perspectives addresses screening measures and screening programs for dysphagia. Screening for dysphagia is currently a requirement of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for patients after stroke in order for healthcare organizations to be recognized as stroke centers. Debra Suiter and Steven ... Editorial
Editorial  |   December 01, 2009
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Editorial
Editorial   |   December 01, 2009
Editor's Corner
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2009, Vol. 18, 110. doi:10.1044/sasd18.4.110
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2009, Vol. 18, 110. doi:10.1044/sasd18.4.110
This issue of Perspectives addresses screening measures and screening programs for dysphagia. Screening for dysphagia is currently a requirement of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for patients after stroke in order for healthcare organizations to be recognized as stroke centers. Debra Suiter and Steven Leder begin the topic with a discussion of the use of the 3 ounce water swallow test for screening for dysphagia. John Sandidge follows with a description of the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSimp) for assessing and treating dysphagia. The next three articles explore hospital-based screening programs and instruments for screening dysphagia that have been implemented to meet JCAHO requirements. Although the requirement for dysphagia screening will not be included in the JCAHO's Stroke Core Measure Set Performance Measures after January 1, 2010, these programs provide us with valuable information about the challenges and ongoing needs that have emerged when developing a new instrument or program for screening. Audrey Cohen at Massachusetts General Hospital and Kelly Poskus at Waterbury Hospital discuss nursing-based screening programs at their respective hospitals. Jacqueline Hind, JoAnne Robbins, and Beverly Priefer discuss the multidisciplinary dysphagia screening tool developed at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Thank you to all our authors for sharing their time and for the excellent quality of their contributions.
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