Speech-language pathology services in Australian and New Zealand pediatric burn units and chemical ingestion injury

Follent, Anna M., Rumbach, Anna F., Ward, Elizabeth C., Dodrill, Pamela and Clayton, Nicola A. (2015) Speech-language pathology services in Australian and New Zealand pediatric burn units and chemical ingestion injury. Speech Language and Hearing, 18 2: 116-124. doi:10.1179/2050572814Y.0000000057

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Author Follent, Anna M.
Rumbach, Anna F.
Ward, Elizabeth C.
Dodrill, Pamela
Clayton, Nicola A.
Title Speech-language pathology services in Australian and New Zealand pediatric burn units and chemical ingestion injury
Journal name Speech Language and Hearing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2050-571X
2050-5728
Publication date 2015-06-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1179/2050572814Y.0000000057
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 116
End page 124
Total pages 9
Place of publication Leeds, W Yorks, United Kingdom
Publisher Maney Publishing
Language eng
Abstract To date, little is known regarding the extent and nature of involvement of speech-language pathology (SLP) services within pediatric burn settings. The aim of this clinical service study was to investigate the role of SLP services within burn teams across Australia and New Zealand. Eleven pediatric burn units were identified as members of the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association Bi National Burns Registry. Representatives from both burn units and SLP departments at each setting were sent a link to a purpose-built online questionnaire. Seven responses from eight centers were received, with paired responses (burn units and SLP departments) being obtained from six centers. Pediatric burn units and SLP departments were found to differ in perceptions of SLP involvement in burn care. No burn units reported utilization of a protocol for referral to SLP. Dysphagia, followed by orofacial contracture management was the most frequently reported areas of SLP involvement, and multidisciplinary contribution within these areas was recognized. A majority (71%) of SLP departments reported involvement with chemical ingestion injury; however, referral rates were low. This study confirms that SLP services are utilized within Australian and New Zealand pediatric burn units, and SLPs are involved with pediatric patients with chemical ingestion injuries. However, potential exists for increased SLP input. There is also evident needed for established guidelines surrounding referrals and greater education regarding the role of SLPs within pediatric burn care.
Keyword Burn unit
Speech pathology
Pediatric
Service delivery
Chemical ingestion
Q-Index Code C1
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