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Dysphagia: what nurses need to know

The latest Nursing Standard podcast explores dysphagia, which is the medical term for difficulties in eating, drinking and swallowing in individuals of any age

A nurse supervising a patient who has difficulty swallowing

What do nurses need to know in order to care for people with dysphagia?

The latest episode of the Nursing Standard podcast explores dysphagia, which is the medical term for difficulties in eating, drinking and swallowing in individuals of any age.

Our guest, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust senior advanced nurse practitioner Rachael Jones, who is also chair of the National Stroke Nursing Forum, talks about this complex and potentially life-threatening problem.


Who is at higher risk, and the signs that further assessment is needed

She explains which patients are at higher risk of dysphagia and signs that suggest further assessment is needed.

Talking to journalist Erin Dean, Ms Jones explains the impact that swallowing difficulties can have on people’s lives and how the views of the patient need to be taken into account.

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