Aspiration Pneumonia prevention

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Alcohol, sodas, acidic juices, and coffee can all put you at risk for acid reflux.

I Was Told I Have Reflux. What Next?

Gastro-Esophageal Reflux (GERD) & Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) by Karen M. Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Introduction: Many people who have reflux come for evaluations by a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), who specializes in difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). Reflux can cause symptoms of dysphagia, namely feelings of choking, coughing during or after meals, food getting stuck, and more. I have heard people express fear of actually choking (asphyxiation – where the food blocks the airway). This sensation […]

DRS Digest 2017: news from the March 1-4, 2017 annual meeting of the Dysphagia Research Society. Held in Portland, OR.

DRS Digest 2017: Raising Awareness through Research

Dysphagia Digest 2017: Raising Awareness regarding Swallowing Disorders & Treatment There was not much time to sample Portland, Oregon’s craft beers or Portland’s famous Salt & Straw ice cream, because the over 500 attendees at the Dysphagia Research Society‘s annual meeting were in stimulating sessions from March 1-4, 2017. DRS is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, so give DRS a big “cheers” with your craft beer now, and read on! The mayor of the […]

Know the warning signs and symptoms of stroke!

Post-Stroke Dysphagia & Risk Management

Post-Stroke Dysphagia & Risk Management by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke (Go, et al., 2013; American Heart/Stroke Association, Inc www.StrokeAssociation.org). The public is advised to dial 911 to get to the hospital immediately. Education has been provided extensively on the warning signs and symptoms, such as Spot A Stroke FAST. However, once the patient is at the hospital, are steps being taken immediately […]

Two bowls of soup that we could think of as the categories of "pneumonia soup."

Pneumonia Alphabet Soup (Part 2)

Pneumonia Alphabet Soup (Part 2): The Secret Ingredients by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com (Parts 1 & 2 first published by MedbridgeEducation.com) We began deciphering the recipe of pneumonia in Part 1 – Pneumonia Alphabet Soup: Reworking the Recipes. I suggested that it is more important to think about how the pneumonia was acquired, rather than where it was acquired [i.e., community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), health-care-associated pneumonia (HCAP)]. Causes for pneumonia are multifactoral, and the […]

Two bowls of soup that we could think of as the categories of "pneumonia soup."

Pneumonia Alphabet Soup (Part 1)

Pneumonia Alphabet Soup: Reworking the Recipe by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com CAP, HAP, NHAP, HCAP, VAP, DAP, NDAP… Do these all mean pneumonia? Imagine a bowl of alphabet soup with all these letters floating on the surface. What about the broth surrounding the letters? Taste the soup, close your eyes, and ask, “What else could be in there?” Now, here are the letters separated into two “bowls,” showing the complex flavors of each […]

saliva "bubble" with puzzle pieces in it to represent the complexity of saliva. Much is still unknown.

Saliva Puzzle: Saliva Production & Swallowing

The Saliva Puzzle: Saliva Production & Its Influence on Swallowing Guest Authors: Joanne Yee, MS, CF-SLP & Nicole Rogus-Pulia, PhD., CCC-SLP Editor: Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com  Aspiration pneumonia (AP) is one of the leading causes of death among older adults, ranking among the top 10 most common diagnoses leading to in-hospital mortality in a recent study.1 The presence of oropharyngeal dysphagia is widely considered one of the most important risk factors for […]

Picture of rod-shaped Escherichia Coli Bacteria. Commonly found in the lower intestines. However, pathogenic strains take the fecal->oral route of transmission to cause disease.

Take a Trip to the Lungs with 12 Bacterial Species (Part III: Oral Hygiene)

Part III of Oral Hygiene and Aspiration Pneumonia Prevention. By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S As we are coming and going from our summer vacations, consider the travels that bacteria may take around the body. The germs in the mouth are the same germs that travel to the lungs to cause pneumonia, according to Shay (2014). These bacteria can be found in the hospital or nursing facility environment, on the staff and visitors, and on […]

The changes in soil composition and pH after a volcanic eruption may be analogous to changes in an oral microbiome or ecosystem after illness and infection.

What Do Volcanoes & Mouths Have in Common? (Part II: Oral Microbiome & Saliva)

Part II of Oral Microbiome and Saliva By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S. SwallowStudy.com I was out in the beautiful pacific northwest this summer, learning about the region’s flora, fauna, volcanos and glaciers. Especially interesting was visiting Mount Saint Helens in Washington state. After 34 years, the destructive power of the 1980 volcanic eruption is still evident. However, this ecosystem or ecobiome is recovering. The ash-filled pumice plain is finally being recolonized. My seven-year-old son […]