Cover image for article: How to Feed a Patient with Dysphagia

Dysphagia is a common problem seen in many patients who are in the hospital or, more likely, in a long-term care facility. Although other issues can cause trouble swallowing, it is most often seen post stroke. A stroke hampers a person’s ability to control the muscle movements of their throat and epiglottis. This makes the person at risk for inhaling both food and liquids. When feeding a person with dysphagia, you have to make sure that you know what types of food they are provided with to prevent this from happening. Aspiration can lead to fatal pneumonia and choking, so it is vital to prevent it. Here are a number of things to consider.
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