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Interpretation of Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing

presented by Debra Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, F-ASHA

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Financial: Debra Suiter receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives royalties from Thieme Medical Publishers and compensation from the University of Kentucky.

Nonfinancial: Debra Suiter has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 43 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

This course will provide guidance to clinicians who wish to enhance and improve upon their interpretation of endoscopic evaluations of swallowing. Suggested protocols for administration and interpretation of FEES will be discussed.

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Debra Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, F-ASHA

Debra Suiter is the director of the Voice and Swallow Clinic and an associate professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Suiter has been a speech-language pathologist for 24 years and…

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1. The Need for a Standardized Evaluation Protocol

Use of a standardized protocol is necessary to ensure consistency across clinicians and facilities. We will discuss a suggested protocol for administration of FEES.

2. Correlating What Is Seen to Physiology

Because many physiologic events are not directly visualized during FEES, interpretation is often considered to be challenging. In this chapter, we will discuss how to correlate what is seen (symptoms) to physiology using FEES.

3. Scales to Aid in Interpretation of FEES

Using standard metrics across clinicians and settings improves patient care by ensuring clear, consistent communication of exam results. In this section, we will discuss available scales for interpretation of FEES.

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