Dysphagia occurs in approximately 51%-78% of patients with acute stroke. The incidence of pneumonia caused by aspiration in dysphagic patients increases both mortality and the need for hospitalization. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the incidence of aspiration pneumonia could be reduced in such patients by an early screening for dysphagia and intensified oral hygiene.
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 2013, Vol 45, Issue 3, p. 139-46
Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't