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Diet Safety: Terminology & Definitions Matter

By Karen Sheffler | Published January 15, 2015

Diet Safety: Terminology Matters! By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudycom This blog is inspired by my own frustrations with different diet names across different institutions...

Diet ModificationDiet SafetyDiet Texture Modifications and Thickened LiquidsDysphagia managementPatient SafetyQuality of Life

Is Evidence-Based Practice Misunderstood?

By Karen Sheffler | Published December 10, 2014

Is Evidence-Based Practice Misunderstood By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S Blog also appeared on GrayMatterTherapycom 12/9/14 Re-printed with permission from GrayMatterTherapycom Session...

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Mealtime Success: From the Table to the Stomach

By Karen Sheffler | Published December 1, 2014

From Table to Stomach and Everything in Between: Striving for Mealtime Success Guest Post by: Samantha Shune, PhD, CCC-SLP It is Monday morning I plop my lunch bag down on my desk and spend the...

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How Low Do You Go? Esophageal Dysphagia

By Karen Sheffler | Published November 5, 2014

by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudycom This blog was inspired by: “Esophageal Screening: The Essential Last Step in Your Dysphagia Evaluation,” by Ashli O'Rourke, MD, April 13,...

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Dysphagia After Cervical Spine Surgery: C2-C7 Angle?

By Karen Sheffler | Published October 15, 2014

C2-C7 Angle and Dysphagia by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudycom Will you or your patient be at risk for dysphagia after cervical spine surgery I suggest reading this...

HPV: Changing the Face of Head & Neck Cancer

By Karen Sheffler | Published September 30, 2014

HPV is Changing the Face of Head and Neck Cancer: An Emerging Epidemic! by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudycom (revised April 25, 2017) Young people who do not smoke do NOT get...

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Oral Care Procedures

By Karen Sheffler | Published September 15, 2014

Here is a pdf copy of the following information: Oral Care Procedures Non-commercial "fair use" is permitted (ie, copying for facility or patient use) Otherwise, may be used with...

Oral care and aspiration pneumoniaOral Care Protocoloral decontaminationoral hygieneoral infection control

How To Perform Effective Oral Care (Part IV)

By Karen Sheffler | Published September 4, 2014

How to Perform Effective Oral Care for Aspiration Pneumonia Prevention by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, at SwallowStudycom Only 16% of nurses reported that they brush a patient's teeth...

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