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1 Steve Davies Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nutrition Support Gateshead Health Foundation NHS Trust “Screening for Dysphagia After Stroke”

2 Background Dysphagia a major problem in acute stroke. Associated with a five to 10-fold increase in the risk of chest infection during the first week. 27% dysphagic patients had chest infections compared to 7% of non- dysphagic patients. Chest infections may substantially delay recovery increase the risk of further complications of prolonged immobility and could be one important reason why around one-third of patients deteriorate neurologically during the first 72 hours. Malnutrition is also common, being present in about 15% of all patients admitted to hospital, and increasing to about 30% over the first week.

3 Journey Traditional Collaborative Dysphagia Audit (CODA) Study –CODA demonstrated that following appropriate training nurses could screen for swallowing problems and improve the day to day management of the dysphagic patient

4 CODA Benefits: reduced the number of dysphagic patients with inadequate precautions against aspiration improved the appropriateness of referrals to SaLT reduced the number of patients kept nil by mouth unnecessarily Shortcomings: patients still starved whilst waiting for SaLT assessment ward staff skills not maintained without continuous support SaLT departments still swamped by swallowing referrals

5 Way Forward Gateshead Dysphagia Management Model (GDMM) 2 levels within the model –Level 1 (screen and refer) –Level 2 (management of routine and non- persistent cases) Supported by a Dysphagia Nurse Specialist

6 Definitions: Level of Screening / Assessment Screening (DTN1): Use of a simple bedside assessment (usually a water swallow) to identify swallowing problems in patients with acute stroke. (10 minutes) Limited Assessment (DTN2): As above but liquids may be modified with the use of thickeners. (15 minutes) Detailed Assessment: Complete dysphagia assessment as performed by a speech and language therapist or a dysphagia nurse specialist. (40 minutes)

7 CODA Study % of patients Before After (N = 204) (N = 241) With unsafe swallowing 24% 29% Safe swallowing but restricted feeding 14% 10% Unsafe swallowing but no precautions taken 29% 11% Referred to SaLT for swallow assessment 34%** 36%** Referred but with safe swallowing 51% 29% Unsafe swallowing but not referred to SaLT 29%* 12%* * p = 0.02 ** p = 0.01

8 Gateshead Dysphagia Study % of patients Before After (N = 71) (N = 79) With unsafe swallowing 27% 29% Safe swallowing but restricted feeding 4% 7% Unsafe swallowing but no precautions taken26% 16% Referred to SaLT for swallow assessment37%** 14%** Referred but with safe swallowing 42% 27% Unsafe swallowing but not referred to SaLT21%* 58%* * p = 0.02 ** p = 0.01

9 DTN Assessment Register (4 Month Pilot) 194 assessment slips returned 91 (47%) classified as having a safe swallow 56 (29%) classified as requiring modified consistency 47 (24%) classified as unsafe (NBM)

10 Improving Stroke Services: a guide for commissioners (2006) Small changes, big impact – safer swallowing screening and management

11 Small Change – Big Impact New contacts198 (35%) Ongoing assessment/therapy372 (65%) Acute Care Settings480 (84%) Rehabilitation settings77 (14%) Community settings13 (2%) Table 1. DNS contacts during 39 week evaluation period

12 Small Change – Big Impact (2) Year/MonthAwaiting Initial ApptLongest Wait 1999 OctoberPRE DNS Dysphagia20 pts12 weeks Language15 pts24 weeks 2002 OctoberDNS IN POST Dysphagia8 pts3 weeks Language10 pts5 weeks Table 3. Inpatient Caseload for DNS/SaLT Oct & Nov 2002 MonthSaLTDNS New Referrals October13 (7 (35%) Language)17 November24 (15 (63%) Language)15 Table 2. Impact upon SaLT Out Patient Waiting List

13 Next Step Should professions other than SaLT be involved in dysphagia management? If yes what levels of involvement? How do we decide?

14 Inter Professional Dysphagia Framework (IDF)

15 Inter-professional Dysphagia Framework Background: The project originated from a desire to produce a comprehensive inter-professional dysphagia competence framework and make available a common language to a mobile workforce. Although its focus is oro-pharyngeal difficulties, it considers the effects of reflux in the oesophageal stage and its influence on swallowing management. It also encompasses the whole of the feeding process. Aim: The Inter-professional Dysphagia Framework (IDF) informs strategies for developing the skills, knowledge and ability of speech and language therapists, nurses and other healthcare professionals/non-registered staff, to contribute more effectively in the identification of people with, and in the management of, feeding/swallowing difficulties. Steering Group: The Steering Group comprised key stakeholders: The authors; NHS Changing Workforce Development Program; National Patients Safety Agency; Royal College of Physicians; Royal College of Nurses; Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists; British Dietetics Association; Skills for Health; and user and carer representation.

16 Role Descriptors Awareness: Aware of the presenting signs and symptoms of dysphagia Assistant: Contributes to the implementation of dysphagia management plan Foundation: Implements protocol-guided assessment and management Specialist: Undertakes comprehensive assessment and management Consultant: Undertakes expert assessment and management of complex or co-existing difficulties with a responsibility for policy development and/or consultative opinions

17 Patient ill/unconscious Ambulance call (Aw) Ambulance journey (Aw) Medical assessment unit (F) (Acute medical ward) (Aw) (F) Stroke Unit (Aw) (As) (F) ((S)) Rehabilitation unit (Aw) (As) (F) ((S)) Intermediate care (Aw) (As) (F) ((S)) Day Hospital (Aw) (As) (F) ((S)) Home /Nursing home (As) (F) Patient Pathway Key: AW = Awareness AS = Assistant F = Foundation S = Specialist

18 ‘People should be having their swallow assessed in A&E, not waiting 7,8,9,10,hours on a trolley without a drink’

19 ‘it was his second stroke wasn’t it and he had difficulty swallowing, erm, he came in and they kept giving him drinks and giving him things to eat and I kept on saying,’but my dad can’t swallow, he’s aspirating’ and in the end he got aspiration and and he died as a result of ---. That was on the death certificate --- nobody listened, they carried on giving him diet and fluids even though he was coughing and he was blue, carried on doing that for four days’

20 ‘she has quite a healthy cocktail of medication that she takes daily that she wouldn’t have any access to at all as some of it’s steroids, some of it’s Warfarin. I know she’d be going well off the boil by 48 hours because she’d be withdrawing from her Prozac and God knows what else at the same time. But I think that no-one else would probably consider that in a hospital environment, it’s only my mum, she’s not a person, she’s a patient.’

21 ‘its actually quite frightening feeding somebody that’s coughing ……. and people avoid feeding people. They lose weight you know, just because people are avoiding them.’


23 Executive Sumary: They should receive an early multidisciplinary assessment, including swallow screening, and have prompt access to a high-quality stroke unit Markers of a Quality Service Patients diagnosed with stroke receive early multidisciplinary assessment – to include swallow screening (within 24 hours) and identification of cognitive and perceptive problems. Once diagnosed with a stroke, patients need to be screened for swallowing before eating or drinking and at least within the first 24 hours. Measure of Success Greater proportion of patients screened for swallow disorders within 24 hours National Stroke Strategy

24 Thank you for listening Any questions?

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