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Respected Academic Journal Reports Evidence Supporting SwallowSTRONG Therapy

The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) recently published an article entitled Effects of Device-Facilitated Isometric Progressive Resistance Oropharyngeal Therapy on Swallowing and Health-Related Outcomes in Older Adults with Dysphagia

The article discusses a effects of a study during which 56 patients with dysphagia completed lingual strengthening using the device by Swallow Solutions. It discusses the positive impact the therapy has on health outcomes, as well as significant cost-savings for facilities.

Here are the highlights:

Patients health and wellbeing were followed for up to 17 months.

Decreased pneumonia diagnoses. Incidence of pneumonia decreased 67%. 

Decreased hospital admissions. Hospital admissions decreased 61%. 

Patients increased lingual strength. Swallowing disorders occur in older patients due, at least in part, to weakening lingual musculature. After 8 weeks, patients were significantly stronger. As they became stronger, patients reported that they had less difficulty swallowing and improved quality of life.

They noted increased desire for food, improved mental health, improved social wellbeing, and less fatigue.

 

Decreased bed days, cost savings. Bed days decreased 56% resulting in overall savings of over one million dollars. 

The results speak for themselves. Lingual strengthening using the Swallow Solutions device works. Learn more by visiting the Swallow Solutions website.

The full study is available here.

 

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How SSMS Makes Dysphagia Treatment Easier

For patients with difficulty swallowing (also known as dysphagia) SwallowSTRONG from Swallow Solutions can provide the strengthening therapy needed to regain the ability to swallow, and with it the ability to eat and drink normally.

The SwallowSTONG Management System (SSMS) is the perfect companion software to SwallowSTRONG. SSMS is a cloud-based system that allows for clinicians using SwallowSTRONG to treat dysphagia to track relevant patient data, making patient care quantifiable and easy to manage.

And SSMS is completely HIPAA compliant–no protected health information is ever collected or stored on the SwallowSTRONG device or on the SSMS.

Here’s how you can apply SSMS to make caring for your patients easier than ever.

Remotely view patient progress and reports

In some use cases, patents take SwallowSTRONG home with them to continue their therapy course between meetings with their speech language pathologist.

With SSMS, after each therapy course, data showing overall patient progress is automatically uploaded to a database that’s accessible to the clinician wherever they can reach the internet. That means that patients and clinicians no longer need to be in the same room for clinicians to see how patients are doing.

Monitor adherence

Therapy can’t work if a patient doesn’t do it. But SSMS allows clinicians to view how regularly patients are performing their prescribed therapy treatment.

Performance data from each therapy session is uploaded to SSMS automatically.

Remotely adjust therapy parameters

With SSMS, clinicians can make adjustments to the therapy remotely, making targets easier or more challenging depending on the situation.

If one patient is performing particularly well on her prescribed targets, and is no longer building strength at that level, a clinician using SSMS will be able to see that. In that situation, it may be appropriate to increase therapy targets, making the therapy more challenging so the patient continues to build strength.

On the flip side, if a patient is having a difficult time with a prescribed therapy, a clinician can adjust therapy targets down, so that that patient doesn’t become discouraged.

Download therapy data for analysis and report writing

Clinicians can evaluate a patient’s treatment simply by downloading all of the available patient data. Track ups and downs, increases in strength, and overall effectiveness of the treatment all through easy-to-read charts and graphs.

Learn more about SSMS and SwallowSTRONG by contacting Swallow Solutions

 

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Swallow Solutions Raises $1.1 Million

Last week, Swallow Solutions was featured in Xconomy and the Wisconsin State Journal as we announced our latest fundraising of $1.1 million from our investors.

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The SwallowSTRONG device.

The funding will be used to accelerate growth and innovation in the medical device space.

Wisconsin Super Angel Fund was joined by continued investment from the company’s existing investors, including Venture Management, BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Wisconsin Investment Partners, NEW Capital Fund, Gen6 Capital Partners, company founder Dr. JoAnne Robbins, and several individual investors.

“Since launching our second-generation product, the SwallowSTRONG, in April of last year we have delivered strong and consistent sales growth.” says Eric Horler, President and CEO of Swallow Solutions. “More importantly, we have seen many patients benefit from the rehabilitative therapy delivered by our device. We ended the year by signing agreements with multiple large customers and a key distribution partner. With these agreements and this additional funding in place we will be able to drive accelerated growth over the coming years.”

“We think Swallow Solutions has a strong portfolio of products and intellectual property,” says Tom Schuster, Managing General Partner of Wisconsin Super Angel Fund.  “The company is now well positioned for sustained growth.”

The members of Swallow Solutions, LLC, have also elected Tom Schuster to the company’s Board of Directors.

Learn more by checking out the articles online.

You can read the Xconomy article by clicking here.

You can read the Wisconsin State Journal article by clicking here.

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