LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED
We’re Here for You~ Proudly Servicing Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas
Mobile FEES of NWA provides Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) services to Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri region. Owners Danni Welch, MS CCC-SLP and Travis Welch are originally from
Neosho,MO and live in Alma AR. Danni graduated with a Masters Degree from Missouri State University in Springfield MO in Speech Pathology in 2000 and has worked with geriatrics in SNF's and Home Health agencies for 20 years. Travis has been a Sales Manager for over 20 years in the River Valley.
FEES is a gold-standard, evidence-based, and cost effective swallowing assessment which requires no radiation exposure or barium consumption and can be performed in a patient's natural environment. Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are awesome but they cannot diagnose, assess or treat what they cannot see! We do not have X ray vision! We need instrumental assessments in order to provide the best possible exam and treatment for our patients. In the same way that you would not expect an oncologist to diagnose cancer without a diagnostic test, SLP's cannot be expected to diagnose dysphagia and demand patients drink thickened liquidds or puree diets based on a hunch! Recent research has shown that FEES and MBSS have a 97-100% inter-rater reliability, AND FEES has been shown to be higher in specificity and severity in identifying penetration, aspiration, residue, and spillage!
FIBEROPTIC ENDOSCOPIC EVALUATION OF SWALLOWING
On Site within 48 hours Same Day Report
We bring our fancy camera to your facility and when we leave you have the report and recommendations in your hand. No more waiting or tracking down the recommendations!
Cutting Edge Swallowing Research
Updates provided as needed to SLP's and other staff members. We are here for you to ask questions about best practice and the lastest treatment methods in order to improve your patients outcomes.
EVIDENCED BASED PRACTICE
A Gold Standard Instrumentation
Mobile FEES provides diagnostic imaging with views of larynx and vocal folds. FEES has been shown to be higher in specificity and severity in identifying penetration, aspiration, residue, and spillage.
HIGH QUALITY IMAGES
Documentation of Dysphagia with high resolution color images!
Our reports contain images from the swallow study in full color with secretions, residue, penetration and aspiration documented!
Danni Welch, MS CCC-SLP
Why Choose Mobile FEES of NWA?
Danni has 20 years experience with dysphagia in multiple settings: home health, SNF's, acute, outpatient clinics. She is passionate about geriatrics and providing the latest research based assessment and treatment recommendations. She is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.
Activities & Affiliations~
Licensed in MO & AR
Registered BCS-S Mentee with American Board of Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders
Gold Standard and Evidenced Based
A Mobile FEES procedure provides objective, measurable data to assist with treatment planning. With FEES, we are also able to view excess secretions and signs of laryngopharyngeal reflux, two conditions that are not
viewed on an MBSS, but are very prevalent.
You don't have X-ray vision! Research shows a 70% error rate at the bedside with SLP's ordering diets that are too strict or completely missing silent aspiration. But with our scope you can provide a swallow study at bedside and have the report with color images of the study the same day.
We provide rapid results by using the natural patient environment, using the actual foods and liquids that will be consumed on a daily basis at your facility.
Without proper instrumentation and diagnosis of the reasons a patient may be having difficulty swallowing SLP's may place patients at increased risk of dehydration, malnutrition, electrolyte imbalance, sepsis, and /or UTI by placing them on unnecassary modified diets and/or thickened liquids. The cost of re-hospitalization of patients for these issues FAR outweighs the cost of FEES! If that isn't enough, it also is WAY cheaper than thickened liquids which on average cost a facility 2000-7000$ per year for one resident!
Still not convinced? Aspiration pneumonia is the leading cause of deaths in SNF's and SLP's are missing Silent Aspiration at bedside 14% of the time!
Provide your patients with an evidenced based, gold standard, cutting edge swallow assessment with rapid results!