Master Clinician Series

More than a Tube: Managing Swallowing Problems in Patients Receiving Palliative Care

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  • Friday, March 29

    3 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET

Presenters will describe a case example of an 87-year old woman with dementia admitted three times in the last year for aspiration pneumonia. The daughter, who was the surrogate decision maker, hoped that with each of the hospitalizations, artificial nutrition, through a PEG tube, would help her recover. After the third admission, she is discharged home with tube feedings and recommendation of an oral diet of puree, nectar thick liquids, only to be readmitted again one month later with another pneumonia. Attendees will learn the ways palliative care teams can work with individuals and family members in managing swallowing problems and ways to include medical speech pathology as a valuable member of the palliative care team. Speakers will discuss the roles of interventions for swallowing problems, including PEG tubes and modified diet consistencies, as well as commons diagnostic tests used by speech pathology, including videofluoroscopy and fiberoptic endoscopic swallowing assessments (FEES).

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