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Evaluating e-learning to enhance dysphagia management in the stroke service

  The evaluation focused on the training effect – whether there was any change in knowledge, skills, attitudes and practice. The barriers to ward based e-learning and the resource use costs for the stroke rehabilitation ward were also identified. The methods were a scoping review of the literature, collecting data from 66 hour of focussed observation of dysphagia management before and after the study sessions; […]

Enhancing the Quality of Oral Nutrition Support (EQONS)

Evidence suggests that under-nutrition delays recovery, lowers resistance to medical complications and is linked to lengthened hospital stay, morbidity and mortality. We undertook a project in partnership with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to trial two interventions; ward-based nutrition champions, and a dietetic team working within the multi-disciplinary team to facilitate the introduction of an evidence-based malnutrition screening tool and care guidelines. Please click […]

Dysphagia: spreading a patient safety message

Dysphagia means difficulty swallowing saliva, fluids, food or medicines. It is a distressing, relatively common and potentially life-threatening problem which can lead to malnutrition, dehydration and aspiration pneumonia. We collaborated with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to spread the message about dysphagia as a patient safety issue and that it is everyone’s responsibility to support safe self management. The project involved developing, […]