Routine fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing following prolonged intubation: implications for management.

@article{Ajemian2001RoutineFE,
  title={Routine fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing following prolonged intubation: implications for management.},
  author={M S Ajemian and G B Nirmul and Mary T Anderson and D M Zirlen and Edward M Kwasnik},
  journal={Archives of surgery},
  year={2001},
  volume={136 4},
  pages={434-7}
}
HYPOTHESIS Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) will identify patients who are at high risk for pulmonary aspiration due to swallowing dysfunction after prolonged intubation. Based on the results of FEES, dietary recommendations can be made to decrease the incidence of aspiration after prolonged intubation. DESIGN Patients who were intubated for at least 48 hours were evaluated for swallowing dysfunction by bedside FEES within 48 hours of extubation. Differences in potential… CONTINUE READING

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