Utility of Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) Across the Lifespan: Infancy through Geriatrics
Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) is an instrumental assessment that was created by Dr. Susan Langmore in the late 1980's to further assess the pharyngeal phase of swallowing in adults. Once thought to be an alternative to VFSS, FEES is now viewed as an equal and reliable instrumental assessment. This presentation will review the role and reliability of FEES across the lifespan, from infancy through geriatrics. It will address the use of FEES in different clinical settings, including critical care units, outpatient, and skilled nursing facilities. The safety and reliability of FEES will be addressed, including review of inclusion/exclusion criteria. Lastly, current best practices with FEES, across the lifespan, will be addressed.
Participants will be able to:
• Describe anatomy and physiology for feeding and swallowing.
• Describe the differences between FEES and Video Fluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS)
• Identify the inclusion and exclusion criteria for FEES
• Describe role of FEES across clinical settings
Raquel Garcia is an acute care speech-language pathologist who graduated with her M.S. in communication disorders from Nova Southeastern University. She is a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders and a current SLP-D candidate from Northwestern University. Her clinical interests include pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, airway disorders, and velopharyngeal dysfunction.
Financial Disclosures: Raquel Garcia has no financial disclosures related to this presentation.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Raquel Garcia has no non-financial disclosures related to this presentation
**Please note, students may register for this course, however NO CEUs will be awarded.