Northwest Mobile FEES, a subsidiary of Idaho Dysphagia Specialists, was established in response to a need for accessible, economic and objective dysphagia diagnostic services in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. We identified an opportunity to provide a convenient, cost efficient, accurate and safe instrumental exam available to patients in his/her OWN environment.
Northwest Mobile FEES was the first local mobile FEES company to provide Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing in the Pacific Northwest!
Instrumental exams are an important component for the Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) in dysphagia assessment and management and an integral part of to create a safe and effective plan of treatment. SLPs have two options: A Modified Barium Swallow study (MBS) and FEES.
The MBS is a procedure completed as an outpatient at an acute care hospital and can be almost 4-5 times more expensive than FEES. In addition, availability may be limited due to a number of factors including scheduling constraints which may inhibit progress towards goals within the patient's plan of care. The burden on the patient (and cost) of having to travel to a hospital outpatient MBS procedure are eliminated with a prompt, minimally invasive and safe assessment such as FEES to achieving optimal patient outcomes and satisfaction.