SLP Clinicians Create Protocol to Improve Surgical Outcomes for Esophageal Cancer

Published: August 28th, 2015

Category: Faculty Accomplishments, Featured, News & Events

Baldwin-Fullerton-Parham-HicksThe incidence of pneumonia and tracheal aspiration following esophagectomy is high. However, with the implementation of a routine prospective formal swallowing evaluation, SLP clinicians at UF Health were able to reduce aspiration rates and associated morbidity through early identification and intervention, thereby improving the health outcomes of these medically complex patients. The results of this two-year effort were recently published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.