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How much residue is in there? Introducing the VASES for FEES

The VASES, Curtis and colleagues' new FEES residue rating scale, has good reliability and validity, uses a 0-100% scale, and includes ratings for aspiration. 

February 4, 2022

When you’re doing a FEES and see a small glob of applesauce in your patient’s pyriforms, it can be hard to know exactly how to describe how much is in there. Mild residue? Moderate? Standardized rating scales, like the new Visual Analysis of Swallowing Efficiency and Safety (VASES), can help. 
 

The VASES is used to estimate the amount of residue “filling” or “covering” six different areas…

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