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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…
Curtis, J. A., Borders, J. C., Perry, S. E., Dakin, A. E., Seikaly, Z. N., & Troche, M.S. (2021). Visual Analysis of Swallowing Efficiency and Safety (VASES): A standardized approach to rating pharyngeal residue, penetration, and aspiration during FEES. Dysphagia. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00455-021-10293-5 [Author’s version here]
Curtis, J. A., Borders, J. C., & Troche, M.S. (2022). Visual analysis of swallowing efficiency and safety (VASES): establishing criterion-referenced validity and concurrent validity. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_AJSLP-26 [available to ASHA members]
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