- All patients should be screened for swallow problems within 4hours of admission.
- This should be done using the Water Swallow Test (see Box 2) and the outcome recorded in the patients notes.
- The screening will be carried out by an appropriately trained health care professional
- An appropriately trained staff member will have recently been trained in the procedure by a Speech and Language Therapist or be competent in swallow screening.
Note: Training is delivered by an SLT or by working through the Swallow Safely Interactive Learning Pack