Nurse-led dysphagia screening in acute stroke patients
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Nurse-led dysphagia screening in acute stroke patients

Liz Lees Consultant nurse acute medicine, Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham
Linda Sharpe Country manager, Mission Direct, Luton
Amanda Edwards Clinical site practitioner, Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

This article discusses the findings of an audit to assess the improved outcomes of a systematic approach to training nurses working in an emergency assessment area (EAA) to conduct dysphagia screening for patients who have had a stroke. The investment in training has reduced the time patients wait for dysphagia screening from 35 hours to less than one hour. As a result of this audit dysphagia screening competencies have been established.

Nursing Standard. 21, 6, 35-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.


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