Quenching Dry Throats: Implementing a Free-Water Protocol in a Teaching Nursing Home

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Scott H. Owen, DO Amy L. England, RN, BSN Tracy C. Erickson, MA, CCC-SLP Carl V. Tyler, MD

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).

1.5 Management