Further improvement in the treatment of swallowing difficulties
Recently, speech therapists from various health facilities gathered to share their experience on the use of the SilverFit Rephagia, which offers exercises aimed at tackling swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) effectively. They discussed how the treatment of people dealing with these difficulties could be further improved.
During the user meeting at SilverFit in Woerden, the speech therapists were shown a preview of the scheduled update of the SilverFit Rephagia and they also had a chance to test it. Their findings help improve the update according to the use that is made of the Rephagia in practice.
Information about the update and scientific background
During the meeting Joris Wiersinga, founder of SilverFit, mentioned the current studies on the SilverFit Rephagia within the scope of biofeedback and sEMG.
Based on case studies, the speech therapists discussed the use of the SilverFit Rephagia in the treatment of oncology patients with swallowing problems. The first images of the upcoming update were also presented and there was room to try it. Reactions were very positive. This represents a step towards better care for people with swallowing problems.
Experience from the practice: improved treatment of swallowing problems
During the user meeting, the SilverFit Rephagia’s potential as a remedy tool for swallowing problems was discussed in several workshops. Other central issues were also reviewed. Participants concluded that the treatment of swallowing problems often focusses on the pharyngeal phase, although there are also benefits patients can gain in the oral phase.
In this oral phase, speech therapists can make use of the Rephagia. This treatment is still used primarily for people who had a stroke, but it is also appropriate for other patients with swallowing problems, such as people suffering from Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis.
Training care workers in preventing swallowing problems remains an issue, as well as the necessary adjustments in a department, which would enable the treatment to have earlier effects and problems to be noticed earlier. Several solutions have been brought forward, such as putting care workers in charge of the training or ensuring that the latter is more systematically implemented. An alternative could be to spread a calendar in the different departments with monthly tips to treat swallowing problems, so the training could be implemented in an informal way.
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In short, this first user meeting for speech therapists was a success. Do you want to be a part of the next user meeting? Keep an eye on our newsletter and on our online meetings calendar.