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

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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), pp. 116-124. https://doi.org/10.1179/2050572814Y.0000000057
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Speech-language pathology services in Australian and New Zealand pediatric burn units and chemical ingestion injury

ERA Journal ID123379
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsFollent, Anna M., Rumbach, Anna F., Ward, Elizabeth C., Dodrill, Pamela and Clayton, Nicola A.
Journal TitleSpeech, Language and Hearing
Journal Citation18 (2), pp. 116-124
Number of Pages9
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1361-3286
2050-571X
2050-5728
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1179/2050572814Y.0000000057
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1179/2050572814Y.0000000057
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 need for established guidelines surrounding referrals and greater education regarding the role of SLPs within pediatric burn care.

KeywordsBurn unit; Speech pathology; Pediatric; Service delivery; Chemical ingestion
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420306. Health care administration
420110. Speech pathology
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Department of Health, Queensland
Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Australia
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