Managing the Patient With Dysphagia

  title={Managing the Patient With Dysphagia},
  author={A. Brady},
  journal={Home Healthcare Nurse: The Journal for the Home Care and Hospice Professional},
  • A. Brady
  • Published 2008
  • Medicine
  • Home Healthcare Nurse: The Journal for the Home Care and Hospice Professional
Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is a common medical condition among today's patients. It is estimated the approximately 15% of individuals older than 60 years experience dysphagia. Approximately 40% of institutionalized patients (i.e., patients residing in nursing homes, group homes, or assistive care facilities) have swallowing difficulties (Zagaria, 2005).The swallowing mechanism is quite complex, involving more than 50 pairs of muscles. Impairment of any one or more of these muscles may… Expand
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