Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Pilots Teleswallowing Limited’s Out Of Hours Service

 

Recent research indicates a strong relationship between delays in comprehensive dysphagia assessment and the incidence of stroke-associated pneumonia. These findings suggest that reducing delays in screening and assessing for dysphagia in people with acute stroke should be a focus of quality improvement in stroke care.

By facilitating the rapid assessment of dysphagia remotely, Teleswallowing® may facilitate the reduction of delays in assessing for dysphagia in people with acute stroke.

Teleswallowing Limited have also conducted a pilot service at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, whereby swallowing assessments can be performed remotely on evenings and weekends, by a speech and language therapist on call, working from home. The provision of such an out of hours service can prevent delays in the assessment of swallowing and reduce the incidence of stroke-associated pneumonia.

These photos were taken of Teleswallowing Limited director Dr Liz Boaden training nurses on the Stroke Unit to Foundation Level on the Interprofessional Dysphagia Framework and on the Teleswallowing® method of remote assessment of dysphagia.