Portland, OR, September 13, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Carolina Speech Pathology, LLC is proud to announce the expansion of their Bedside Swallow Study Service to the Pacific Northwest States of Oregon and Washington beginning on November 1, 2011. The announcement was made at the annual Oregon Health Care Association conference on September 12th. Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (commonly referred to as FEES) is a procedure provided to dysphagia patients residing in Skilled Nursing Facilities and other long term care settings. This study can frequently be used in lieu of the hospital based Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) study to determine swallow abilities of patients.
Dysphagia is a term used to describe swallowing disorders. The exact prevalence of dysphagia is unknown; there are suggestions that it can be as high as 22% in those over 50 years of age. Approximately 10 million American are evaluated each year with swallowing difficulties. Those difficulties negatively impact quality of life and impaired swallowing can cause significant morbidity and mortality (ASHA.org). More specifically to patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities the prevalence of dysphagia can range from 30-75%. Those patients require addition care and are often on highly restrictive and expensive diets.
"Carolina Speech Pathology, LLC looks forward to bringing our 15 years of dysphagia therapy experience to the patients in this area. Our bedside FEES can provide significant costs savings to the facility while improving patient outcomes and enhancing patient quality of life all while keeping them at their location without the hassle of being transported to the hospital for the more cumbersome and expensive MBS procedure," said Randy Aguero, CSP Business Development Director. "The fact that we can provide a procedure that's better for the patient, the facility and for the established rehab department is a winning scenario to all parties involved."
Carolina Speech Pathology, LLC is based in Apex, North Carolina. CSP is known for hiring experienced Speech-Language Pathologists and responding to study requests within 3-5 business days.