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Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) used as an adjunct modality in the treatment of dysphagia has gained increasing adoption by medical professionals. The evidence base has grown significantly in recent years.
The use of NMES in the treatment of dysphagia has been consistently demonstrated to be safe.In tracking for the occurrence of adverse events during clinical studies, none were reported across all patient ages and diagnoses. During the initial FDA clearance study (1) and in all known studies since, there have been:
There are currently numerous positive studies and a meta-analysis in print that corroborate the positive findings reported in the field. The findings include the following:
Besides the growing empirical evidence base, the adoption of VitalStim Therapy is increasing as a result of widespread reports of good patient outcomes and good patient satisfaction. Crary and colleagues confirmed these outcomes in an independent user survey of 2000 Speech Pathologists (6).References
In addition to having many successful outcomes with dysphagia patients across the country, VitalStim Therapy has been the subject of a number of clinical trials and studies since its introduction. VitalStim is not stand-alone therapy, as some of the research shows: dysphagia patients see the strongest improvement when VitalStim is used as an adjunct to standard dysphagia therapy techniques. However, the body of research supporting VitalStim is stronger, in terms of number of studies and favorable outcomes, than that for standard dysphagia therapies.
Use the links below and to the left to view the most recent research abstracts on VitalStim, to request complete copies of published studies, and to learn more about FDA clearance for VitalStim Therapy.
( The rest of the articles in this section, pls download it from the vitalstim .com – health professionals – research and articles as it contains the research paper.
The only NMES-based therapy to receive this clearance from the FDA.
VitalStim® Therapy was granted clearance by the Food & Drug Administration in December 2002. VitalStim is the only NMES-based therapy to receive this clearance from the FDA. Clearance covers the therapy modality and equipment used in the delivery of VitalStim® Therapy for the treatment of dysphagia. Use of other methods, equipment or accessories is not considered VitalStim® Therapy.
FDA clearance came after submission and thorough review of an extensive clinical trial comparing the relative effectiveness of VitalStim to thermal-tactile stimulation in patients with dysphagia. 892 patients were studied from 1993 through 1998; three-year follow up data for 300 of these patients was submitted to the FDA.Key findings of the study:
strong>These findings compare to the results seen with patients receiving only thermal-tactile stimulation:
Register To Become VitalStim® Therapy Certified
The addition of VitalStim® Therapy to your dysphagia treatment program is an excellent way to ensure your patients receive the best and most advanced treatment.
A dysphagia Speech and Language Therapist must become VitalStim® Certified in order to use VitalStim® Therapy. This certification is awarded by Career Improvement and Advancement Opportunities (CIAO), USA; it certifies that the learner has successfully completed the VitalStim ® Certification educational process. There are two types of training.
A good knowledge base of dysphagia, head and neck physiology, and VitalStim protocol is key to obtaining successful treatment outcomes with VitalStim Therapy. Because the education component is such an important factor, flexible learning opportunities are available through two options.
A two day training course organized by TI Anode (UK). 7-8 October, Management and Treatment of swallowing disorders. Non invasive approach using a specialized form of neuromuscular electrical stimulus (nmes) designed to treat dysphagia through muscle re-education to improve swallow function.
1.MBS : The Clear Picture
Online interactive course via internet – Normal swallow, assessment of swallow, manipulate colorful 3-D anatomical structures and communicate with personal instructor – 12 hours CPD
2.VitalStim® Therapy Certification Course 2 days
Principals, theory, concepts of NMES, traditional dysphagia techniques, VitalStim® Therapy protocol. Extensive review, practice, hands on equipment training by US Specialists. Please download the above course contents.
Certification course or through electronic courses on CD concluding with an on-line certification exam.
The VitalStim Education Suite and Passport to Certification is a multiple CD set designed to give the physician or SLP all required information to provide VitalStim Therapy to their patients.
1.Primal Pictures Head and Neck
3D interactive anatomical resource of the head and neck.
2.Anatomy and Physiology of the Head and Neck
Focuses specifically on the swallowing mechanism.
3.MBS: The Clear Picture
Concentration on basic observational skills for the modified barium swallow study (MBSS).
Compilation of documents that provide a greater understanding of this disorder.
Background information on the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation and video presentation of electrode placement and device usage.
Once proficient with the information found on the CD’s, the clinician is ready to be certified. VitalStim certification is obtained via successful completion of the online examination. Certification allows the therapists to provide safe and effective treatments to their dysphagic patients.