General Information about FEES
Clinical bedside swallowing exams (CSEs) are frequently utilized by SLPs when a patient is suspected to have swallowing issues. However, CSEs are NOT designed to diagnose dysphagia. Rather, they are used as a screening tool. Research indicates even the most experienced SLPs will make an error in their recommendations at beside about 70% of the time.
So, how can we treat what we can't see? This is where FEES can prove to be a necessity when it comes to determining the pathophysiology of the swallow mechanism and deciding which evidence-based treatments and strategies are best for each individual patient.
A mobile FEES procedure provides a cost effective, evidence-based, timely, gold standard assessment. It allows us to see the "full picture" behind a patient's swallow during meals in their natural environment.
FEES has been shown to be higher in specificity and severity in identifying penetration, aspiration, residue, and spillage.
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