Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Diagnostic Accuracy of the Modified Evan's Blue Dye Test in Detecting Aspiration in Patients with Tracheostomy: A Systematic Review of the Evidence

Bechet, S., Hill, F., et al. (2016).
Dysphagia, 31(6), 721-729.
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Article Details

Description

This is a systematic review of retrospective and prospective studies investigating the diagnostic accuracy of the modified Evan's Blue Dye Test (MEBDT) in assessing oropharyngeal aspiration in tracheostomized adults. The MEBDT was evaluated against videofluoroscopy and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing as reference standard tests for aspiration.

Questions/Aims Addressed

What is the diagnostic accuracy of the modified Evan's Blue Dye Test in assessing oropharyngeal aspiration in adult patients with tracheostomy?

Population

Tracheostomized adults with diagnosed or suspected dysphagia

Intervention/Assessment

The modified Evan's Blue Dye Test

Number of Studies Included

6

Years Included

From October 2014 to April 2016


Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Screening

Preliminary evidence suggested that the modified Evan's Blue Dye Test was better at excluding oropharyngeal aspiration in tracheostomized adults (specificity 79-100%; sensitivity 38-95%). However, given the limited number of studies and high variability among patient samples and test administration procedures, further research is warranted.

Keywords: Adult, Swallowing, Blue Dye Test, Trach/Vent

Assessment

Preliminary evidence suggested that the modified Evan's Blue Dye Test was better at excluding oropharyngeal aspiration in tracheostomized adults (specificity 79-100%; sensitivity 38-95%). However, given the limited number of studies and high variability among patient samples and test administration procedures, further research is warranted.

Keywords: Adult, Swallowing, Blue Dye Test, Trach/Vent

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Assessment

Preliminary evidence suggested that the modified Evan's Blue Dye Test was better at excluding oropharyngeal aspiration in tracheostomized adults (specificity 79-100%; sensitivity 38-95%). However, given the limited number of studies and high variability among patient samples and test administration procedures, further research is warranted.

Keywords: Adult, Swallowing, Blue Dye Test, Trach/Vent

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