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Nursing2015

December 2005, Volume 35 Number 12 , p 34 - 34 [FREE]

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Hospitals with formal dysphagia screening protocols for people with ischemic stroke have lower rates of pneumonia than hospitals that don't, according to a new study. Five professional practice guidelines recommend dysphagia screening before a patient eats or drinks because dysphagia leading to aspiration is a common cause of poststroke pneumonia.

 

Researchers reviewed the records of 2,532 patients treated for ischemic stroke between 2001 and 2003 at 15 medical centers. Six of the centers had a formal dysphagia screening protocol. These sites had a 78% screening adherence rate, compared with a 57% rate at centers that didn't have formal protocols. In addition, pneumonia rates were significantly lower at centers with formal protocols (2.4% versus 5.4%).

 

Researchers recommend screening for all stroke patients, regardless of stroke severity.

Hospitals with formal dysphagia screening protocols for people with ischemic stroke have lower rates of pneumonia than hospitals that don't, according to a new study. Five professional practice guidelines recommend dysphagia screening before a patient eats or drinks because dysphagia leading to aspiration is a common cause of poststroke pneumonia.

Researchers reviewed the records of 2,532 patients treated for ischemic stroke between 2001 and 2003 at 15 medical centers. Six of the centers had a formal dysphagia screening protocol. These sites had a 78% screening adherence rate, compared with a 57% rate at centers that didn't have formal protocols. In addition, pneumonia rates were significantly lower at centers with formal protocols (2.4% versus 5.4%).

Researchers recommend screening for all stroke patients, regardless of stroke severity.

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Formal dysphagia screening protocols prevent pneumonia, Stroke, JA Hinchey, et al., September 2005.