With staff shortages in hospitals and clinics, many of our patients with dysphagia are having to wait weeks and even months for an instrumental swallow evaluation.
Meanwhile, patients may have compromised nutrition and hydration, may be suffering with unwanted symptoms of dysphagia (coughing with meals, pain with swallowing, or difficulty eating solids, to name a few), or may be at increased risk for aspiration related pulmonary complications. Delayed swallow studies, also delay care in many ways, as therapists are often awaiting swallow study results to plan treatment based on the physiological deficits identified.
More importantly, dysphagia may be a symptom of an underlying condition, which warrants timely intervention. For instance, think of patients who following a swallow test are referred to an ENT or neurologist, because results from the exam revealed bolus flow characteristics concerning for a possible malignancy or neurological disease.
As a mobile clinic, dedicated primarily to providing dysphagia evaluations, we are able to provide a solution to this situation. Speech and Swallowing Specialists of Florida, has the ability to complete swallow studies in the following locations:
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Physician Offices
- Patient’s Homes
- Outpatient Clinics
In addition, we partner with outpatient clinics throughout Palm Beach County. Locations include:
- East Boca Raton
- Palm Beach Gardens
- Boynton Beach
Swallow studies performed by our company are completed by out lead endoscopist, an experienced clinical swallow specialist, with over 16 years of experience in the medical field.
Our endoscopic video swallow studies provide a comprehensive assessment of swallow function, utilizing real foods patients consume every day (no contrast utilized). Patients are given immediate results regarding the safest diet to consume and recommendations for referrals or treatment, as appropriate. Physicians receive a detailed report, with color images with a through description of the exam findings and suggested recommendations, so they can further discuss with their patients.
If you, your loved one, or one of you patient is in need of a swallow study, contact us to inquire about our services and insurance coverage. Studies are completed within days of referrals.
Scheduling IS really as simple as 1-2-3:
- Obtain a physician order (and referral if needed).
- Fax Rx/referral to (888) 828-2757 . Call or text if exam needs to be completed ASAP (954) 261-3181.
- Our office will contact you to schedule your exam.
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a free consultation , please contact us at (954) 261-3181.