Palliative Care and the SLP: Closing the Practice Gap

What exactly is the SLP’s role in palliative care patients? And what’s the deal with waivers, AMA, non-compliance, and informed consent? Which patients are good candidates for PEG tubes? Which ones aren’t? And who decides who gets one?

These are all questions that SLPs are faced with regularly and my guest this week is hear to clear up the muddied waters surround our role as SLPs in the palliative care population.

In this episode of SYP, I have a conversation with Bianca Coulson, MS, CCC-SLP, about her experience with spearheading a nutrition care committee and the creation of the Permissive Dysphagia Diet. Bianca is passionate about her role on the Palliative Care Team, patient autonomy, and flexible decision-making when it matters most. She’s a fierce advocate that would could all hope to have on our care team one day!

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In this episode, you’ll hear about:
* The rationale for a permissive dysphagia diet
* The research on PEG tube outcomes
* Physician perspectives on PEGS
* Empowering your nursing team to be your allies
* The importance of counseling as SLPs