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Title: The roll out of the ASSIST dysphagia screening tool for nursing in acute stroke care.
Epworth Authors: Manoharan, Mirosha
Vat, Laura
Keywords: Epworth Research Institute Research Week 2016
Deglutition Disorders
Swallowing Disorders
National Stroke Foundation
Victoria Stroke Clinical Network (VSCN)
ASSIST Speech Pathology screening tool
Greater Metropolitan Clinical Task Force (NSW)
ASSIST – Acute Screening of Swallow in Stroke/TIA
Neurosciences Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jul-2016
Conference: Epworth Research Institute Research Week 2016
Conference Location: Epworth HealthCare, Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
Abstract: The National Stroke Foundation's 'Clinical guidelines for stroke management' (2010) stipulate that patients should be screened for swallowing deficits (dysphagia) before oral intake, by specifically trained physicians. Presently, Speech Pathologists (SP) at Epworth Richmond (ER) assess the swallowing of stroke patients to determine safety for oral intake. However, this process can be somewhat ad hoc being dependant on timely referrals, and not extending to after hours or weekend periods. The ASSIST dysphagia screening tool developed by the Victorian Stroke Clinical Network (VSCN) is an evidence-based tool originally developed in NSW being endorsed by the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Task Force. Although not a formally validated tool, its development succeeded a thorough review of current evidence and is widely used across other acute stroke services. This quality initiative aimed to investigate the capacity for successful implementation of the ASSIST tool at ER, to comply with current evidence-based guidelines and to investigate potential barriers, to its use (eg. in a private hospital setting, with a number of different consultants).
Type: Conference Poster
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Retrospective studies
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