Systematic dysphagia screening and dietary modifications to reduce stroke-associated pneumonia rates in a stroke-unit
This paper has recently been published in the journal PLOS ONE by Prof. Brainin’s Research Group. In the study the authors report the use of the Gugging Swallowing Screen (GUSS) in clinical routine and how its dietary recommendations relate to dysphagia and the rate of stroke-associated pneumonia. Results showed that despite the identification of patients at risk and use of dietary modifications, 5.2% of patients still developed stroke-associated pneumonia. Therefore, other factors such as oral hygiene, antibiotics and timing of nasogastric tube should also should be investigated.
You can find the full paper here.
Teuschl et al. 2018- Systematic dysphagia and dietary modifications to reduce SAP