Resources for healthcare professionals
Several resources and strategies are now becoming established, including:
- guidelines for medicine administration to patients with swallowing difficulties46 47 and enteral feeding tubes33 47 48
- healthcare professional handbook9
- a dedicated website - www.swallowingdifficulties.com
- simple discharge letters49
Prior to the responsibility for patient safety transferring to the NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority, the National Patient Safety Agency undertook a programme to raise awareness of the risks associated with dysphagia management – particularly for adults with learning disabilities – highlighting best practice and providing resource materials to give practical help32. (These materials are still available at the NPSA website).
Find alternatives to
solid dose medications
- The NEWT Guidelines
- Consensus guideline on the medication management of adults with swallowing difficulties.
British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN)
Administering drugs via enteral feeding tubes - A practical guide.
Tube feeding and your medicines – A guide for patients and carers
Drug administration via enteral feeding tubes - A guide for general practitioners and community pharmacists
- Swallowing difficulties protocol: medication administration
- Handbook of drug administration via enteral feeding tubes
- Prescribing medicines for patients with dysphagia. A handbook for healthcare professionals.
- Therapeutic options for patients unable to take solid oral dosage forms (UKMI)
- Ensuring safer practice for adults with learning disabilities who have dysphagia – NPSA
- Free online course - Swallowing difficulties and medicines. University of East Anglia and Future Learn.
- Survey of medicines related care of residents with dysphagia in care homes – Patients Association