Dysphagia evaluation and care in the hospital setting: the need for protocolization.

@article{Altman2011DysphagiaEA,
  title={Dysphagia evaluation and care in the hospital setting: the need for protocolization.},
  author={Kenneth W Altman},
  journal={Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={145 6},
  pages={895-8}
}
Dysphagia accounts for a small portion of hospital admissions but is associated with severe complications. This has been shown to result in longer hospital length of stay and increased risk of mortality with certain other diagnoses. Although there has been much research on causes and interventions for dysphagia, there has been variable impact in actual hospital practice. Also, nonuniform approaches to evaluating patients, such as screening high-risk populations, makes it difficult to measure… CONTINUE READING

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