Swallowing tends to be something we take for granted, working in mental health it is a long time since I had to deal with nasogastric (Ryles) tubes. Choking is a very unpleasant experience to say the least. Should we witness someone choking we recognise the need to assess the situation quickly and assist. The alarm felt by onlookers is palpable.
Swallowing, is an element in our assessments of people and their carers who are living with dementia and possibly the effects of a stroke. Is the person experiencing dysphagia, or at risk? This is also part of the NHS continuing healthcare and NHS funded nursing care assessments. I learned about the UKSRG this weekend and was informed about their conference:
The UK Swallowing Research Group [UKSRG] comprises clinicians and researchers from a wide range of professional disciplines including biomedical engineering, speech and language therapy, radiography, radiology, ENT, gastroenterology, stroke medicine, dietetics, oral health, general medicine and neurology.UKSRG will be hosting the fifth UKSRG Conference on 6th and 7th February 2014 at Institute of Child Health in London.
The group recognizes the multidisciplinarity of the clinical specialties and basic science that supports developments in the field and runs a biannual conference:
Thanks to: David Smithard, Visiting Reader at University of Kent