News | Published February 1, 2016

Speech-language pathologist earns prestigious certification

Mount Nittany Health is proud to announce that Elana K. Thompson, MS, CCC-SLP/L, senior speech-language pathologist, Mount Nittany Medical Center, has earned certification as a registered MBSImP clinician.

MBSImP stands for Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile, which is a tool used to guide the administration and interpretation of Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Assessments of patients with swallowing difficulty. Certification as a registered MSBImP clinician means that Thompson has passed a rigorous examination process, and is now deemed expertly competent to administer and interpret video swallow studies according to this tool’s protocol.

Specifically, MBSImP certification is a significant step toward standardization of administering and interpreting video swallowing assessments, with an overarching goal that these studies will be able to be compared amongst professionals and between facilities, ultimately improving patient care and outcomes.

Used for inpatients and outpatients, Thompson notes that some of the more common reasons for video swallow assessment include having increased amount of coughing or throat clearing while eating or drinking, repeated episodes of pneumonia, pneumonitis, or bronchitis, a diagnosis of head and neck cancer, a neurological diagnosis such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis with an increased difficulty taking oral intake, or any significant changes in one’s ability to eat or drink.

Thompson is the first individual to be certified in Centre County and the 42nd person in the Commonwealth.

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