CONGRATULATIONS to Margit Labas-Weber and Nadia Pennella, two TOR-BSST© SLPs from North York General Hospital who, along with colleagues Tina Chopra and Bojay Hansen, won first place at the 2016 GTA Rehab Conference for their poster titled ‘Successful Interprofessional Knowledge Translation and Implementation for TOR-BSST (Toronto Bedside Swallowing Screening Test) Best Practices in Stroke Care’.
Last week we celebrated the completion of enrollment for our CIHR-funded study that aims to validate the TOR-BSST© in critically ill patients who have undergone prolonged intubation (> 24hrs). We thanked all the dedicated ICU screeners and clinical staff who helped us reach this important milestone.
The Swallowing Lab’s first doctoral graduate, Heather Flowers (PhD, 2014), is currently featured on the UofT Faculty of Medicine’s Graduate and Life Sciences Education website. See her full profile here.
We accept Ed Steger and NFOSD’s Thickened Liquid Challenge!
The Swallowing Lab was challenged by Ed Steger, President of the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders:
Skoretz, SA, Yau, TM, Ivanov, J, Granton, JT, & Martino, R. Dysphagia and associated risk factors following extubation in cardiovascular surgical patients. Dysphagia. 2014. 29:647-54.
Flowers HL, Flamand-Roze C, Denier C, Roze E, Silver FL, Rochon E, Skoretz SA, Baumwol K, Burton L, Harris G, Langdon C, Shaw S, Martino R. English adaptation, international harmonization, and pretesting of the Language Screening Test (LAST). Aphasiology. 2015 Feb;29(2):214-236.
Shaw, SM, Flowers, H, O’Sullivan, B, Hope, A, Liu, LWC, & Martino, R. The effect of prophylactic percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement on swallowing and swallow-related outcomes in patients undergoing radiotherapy (with or without chemotherapy) for head and neck cancer. Dysphagia. In Press.
Excerpt from EDGE:
[Tiffany] Tram is a research coordinator for Martino’s current study on the medical outcomes of dysphagia that measures the complications caused by the condition. The study focuses on the effects of a swallowing disorder on nutrition, the lungs and on a patient’s mental health.
“The hard part of this research is that we have to make sure everything we find is translatable to all patients. That’s why it is important that I find a variety of patients with dysphagia. We want to collect unbiased facts, not generalities.”
The University of Toronto’s Research and Innovation Magazine, called EDGE, profiles of one of our research coordinators in their summer issue. Check out the complete article!
(Photo credit: Christopher Wahl for EDGE)