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Session Description: This session will review the scientific and clinical rationale for permitting the consumption of water in selected patients with dysphagia (so-called "free-water protocols"). The presenter will outline the process of implementing such a protocol in a nursing home, summarize their experience with adopting a free-water protocol in their teaching nursing home, and allow attendees to devise a plan to adopt a free-water protocol in their home institution (accommodating to barriers and facilitators specific to their facility).
Summarize the scientific and clinical rationale for allowing free water ingestion in selected persons with dysphagia.
Appraise the literature regarding implementation and outcomes of water protocols.
Predict anticipated barriers and facilitators to implementing a water protocol in your home institution.
Devise a strategy for safely introducing a water protocol in your home institution.
Speaker(s): Scott H. Owen, DO Amy L. England, RN, BSN Tracy C. Erickson, MA, CCC-SLP Carl V. Tyler, MD, MS, CMD