Mobile Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS or VFSS)
The philosophy behind the mobile MBSS (Modified Barium Swallow Study) is that overall results of the test are more representative of a patient's swallowing function, because the issue of fatigue, disorientation and testing delays, related to transportation to a hospital are eliminated.
A mobile MBSS is a modification in the equipment of the traditional MBSS performed in a hospital setting. The MBSS is performed inside the mobile clinic that is parked outside the facility. This is not portable equipment that is transferred into a facility. The patient is brought outside to the mobile clinic in their wheelchair and with the assistance of an electric wheelchair lift, similar to those used in public transportation settings; they are allowed easy access to the clinic. The mobile clinic is equipped with numerous safety equipment features including suction apparatus, cellular phone, and a CPR certified staff. Our mobile clinic can accommodate patients in any type of wheelchair (GERIchair, BRODAchair, etc).
This procedure is short, non-invasive, and easy for patients to undergo. They sit comfortably in our climate controlled mobile clinic and consume a variety of foods and drinks mixed with some barium.
A mobile video fluoroscopy clinic used for the MBSS allows for assessment of swallowing disorders in a private, controlled, efficient environment that eliminates disorientation, fatigue, and/or agitation often involved with medical transportation and/or clinical appointments. Furthermore, the overall results of the evaluation are more representative of a patient’s swallow function, since they are in their own wheelchair as used during meals. Such functional evaluations are unable to be completed at a hospital location. Additionally, family members or facility staff can come aboard and observe the study.
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