Dysphagia is a common consequences post-stroke with up to two thirds of patients post stroke experiencing dysphagia. Pharmacists work closely with speech and language therapists (SLTs) who assess patients dysphagia. Dysphagia affects the patient’s ability to eat and drink safely and take oral medications. Knowing the severity of the dysphagia and what fluids consistency and food textures a patient can safely tolerate, aids the pharmacist in modifying the oral medication formulations.
This webinar covers what is dysphagia and how pharmacists can utilise SLT recommendations for fluids consistency and food textures to amended oral formulations to allow for appropriate and safer medication administration. It provides information on understanding swallowing, which is required to optimise choice and formulation of medicines and ensure safe medicines administration.
A link to the recording of the webinar can be found here
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Consultant Pharmacist for Older People, Medicines Use and Safety Team