Benefits Screening Dysphagia

In care settings having a systematic dysphagia screening program, significantly better patient outcomes were observed*:

  • fewer cases of pneumonia (reduced by 55%)
  • fewer deaths due to pneumonia (a 43% decrease in mortality)
  • shortened hospital length of stay (decreased by 2 days)
  • improved hydration and nutrient intakes

*Associated with these outcomes is the potential to reduce costs and improve quality of life

1. Hinchey JA et al. Formal dysphagia screening protocols prevent pneumonia.Stroke. 2005 Sep;36(9):1972-6.

2. Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series Vol. 72. Stepping stones to living well with Dysphagia. 2012.