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					                DYSPHAGIA & SWALLOWING SERVICES

SERVICES AVAILABLE
n	 An	evaluation	including:
  •	 Oral	motor	examination	and	clinical	
     dysphagia	evaluation
  •	 Education	on	safe	swallow	and	         Dysphagia,	or	difficulty	with	swallowing,	is	a	medical	disorder	
     prevention	of	aspiration	pneumonia
                                            that	impacts	up	to	15	million	Americans	with	up	to	one	million	
  •	 Recommendations	for	further	services
                                            receiving	a	new	diagnosis	of	dysphagia	each	year.	Dysphagia	
n	 Videofluoroscopic	Swallow	Study	         can	occur	as	a	result	of	conditions	such	as	stroke,	head	and	neck	
  (Modified	Barium	Swallow):
                                            cancer,	other	neuromuscular	conditions	like	Parkinson’s	and	
  •	 Conducted	by	speech-language	
     pathologist	in	conjunction	with	
                                            ALS,	or	deconditioning	as	a	result	of	the	aging	process.
     radiologist
                                            If	one	or	more	of	the	following	signs	and	symptoms	of	dysphagia	
  •	 Provides	x-ray	video	of	swallow	
     to	identify	specific	impairments	      is	present,	you	or	your	loved	one	may	be	a	candidate	for	
     with	swallowing	mechanism	and	         dysphagia	therapy.
     determine	presence	of	aspiration
  •	 Allows	for	determination	of	           •	Difficulty	initiating	a	swallow   •	Recurring	chest	infections
     appropriate	diet	and	further	
     treatment	recommendations              •	Coughing	or	throat	clearing	      •	Difficulty	completing	a	meal
                                              during,	or	after	eating
n	 Comprehensive	treatment	including:	                                          •	Feeling	of	food	being	
                                            •	Wet	voice	quality                   stuck	in	throat
  •	 Identification	of	safest	food	and	
     liquid	consistencies	
  •	 Identification	of	safe	swallowing	     All	of	our	speech	therapists	are	licensed	certified	health	care	
     protocol	to	reduce	risk	of	            professionals	with	a	master’s	degree	in	speech	pathology.
     aspiration	pneumonia.
  •	 Individualized	swallowing	             A referral from a Florida licensed physician, nurse
     exercise	program.
                                            practitioner or physician’s assistant is required.
  •	 Neuromuscular	Electrical	
     Stimulation	(VitalStim)	
     treatment	modality	
     as	appropriate.
  •	 Ongoing	patient/caregiver	
     education	and	support

CONTACT
For	more	information:
850-494-6161
WEST FLORIDA
REHABILITATION INSTITUTE
Speech-Language	Pathology
8391	N.	Davis	Highway	
Pensacola,	Florida		32514




www.westfloridahospital.com

				
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