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QOD 40: Dysphagia in a Stroke Patient (Neuro/Basic Care and Comfort)

Question:

A nurse is caring for a patient who is recovering from a stroke. The nurse arranges for a swallowing screening to be performed on this patient. Which best describes the purpose of this test?

Answer:

B. To assess the amount of dysphagia present

Rationale: 

A swallowing test would help the provider to determine the amount, if any, of food and liquid that a patient is able to swallow. A patient who requires a dysphagia diet may eat from different levels of food consistency based on what he is able to swallow.

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