Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
Cost saving and accurate! Mobile instrumental swallowing assessments using FEES.
Provide this state-of-the-art exam in the comfort of your facility and save thousands this year!
The Fiber optic (Flexible) Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) is a procedure used to evaluate the pharyngeal stages of swallowing. The portable study uses a flexible fiber optic laryngoscope which is passed transnasally to the hypopharynx. The scope hangs above the epiglottis and does not pass between the vocal folds. Patients are seated in a functional feeding position and are offered a variety of food consistencies while the swallow is viewed on a TV monitor. The study is recorded and video prints can be left in the medical chart.
The clinician can clearly view laryngeal and pharyngeal structures. The patient is led through various tasks to evaluate the sensory and motor status. Food and liquid are given to the patient so that swallow ability can be determined.
The primary objectives of the FEES is to assess the pharyngeal stage of swallowing; to detect aspiration; and to determine the safest and least restrictive diet level for the patient.
Cost Saving Convenience
Less expensive than the Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) and MORE information!
Mobile Service eliminates transportation cost. The assessment can be completed at bedside or seated in any chair.
Your facility SLP can participate in the exam to assure all clinical concerns are addressed.
No loss of staff time for transportation or paperwork.
The patient remains in the facility able to receive treatments and medications as scheduled.