Thickened Fluids

Clinical Question

In adults with dysphagia do thickened fluids reduce the incidence of aspiration pneumonia?

Critically Appraised Topic

Dysphagia management appears to reduce the likelihood of aspiration pneumonia however more research is needed to determine the exact role that thickened fluids play PDF Format

Critically Appraised Papers

Groher, ME. (1987). Bolus Management and aspiration pneumonia in patients with pseudobulbar dysphagia.Dysphagia, 1(4), 215-216

Logemann JA. Gensler G. Robbins J. Lindblad AS. Brandt D. Hind JA. Kosek S. Dikeman K. Kazandjian M. Gramigna GD. Lundy D. McGarvey-Toler S. Miller Gardner PJ.(2008) A randomized study of three interventions for aspiration of thin liquids in patients with dementia or Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Speech Language & Hearing Research, 51(1):173-183.

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