Ampcare’s Effective Swallowing Protocol (ESP™) is a new treatment that combines electrical stimulation with specially selected resistance exercises to help rehabilitate swallow function to help patients swallow safely. The Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) team in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH) NHS Foundation Trust were interested in evaluating this new treatment approach to see whether it might be helpful to patients in the UK via adoption by the NHS. Funding was secured in order to undertake a pilot study comparing Ampcare’s ESP against usual dysphagia treatment for 30 stroke patients.
At follow up, one month after the end of treatment, 100% of the Ampcare ESP patients reported improved swallow-related quality of life (i.e. SWAL-QOL Survey), compared to 42% of the patients who had received usual dysphagia care.
As a result of the evidence from the pilot trial, SLT professionals were keen to have Ampcare ESP as a treatment option. Following training days in October 2016 and July 2017 we are pleased to announce that the technology is now launched in the UK, and is being made available across ten NHS Trusts. STH will continue to monitor patient outcomes as the technology is adopted more widely, and they have secured funding to appoint an SLT to support this. Patients who received the new treatment were very positive about it stating:
“I feel better at swallowing – no problems swallowing at all now.”
“I thought the treatment was very good and I would recommend it to anybody.”
|Part Number||Ampcare Code||Product Description|
|OSAMP0001||50706LT||ESP™ Kit (Ampcare ES™, 10 pkg Large – Adult E Series electrodes, RPD)|
|OSAMP0002||50706ST||ESP™ Kit (Ampcare ES™, 10 pkg Small – Youth E Series electrodes, RPD)|
|OSAMP0003||50707||RPD (Restorative Posture Device)|
|OSAMP0004||50708||RPD Replacement Pads|
|OSAMP0005||50709LT||E Series Adult Large Electrodes 1.5” x 1.75” (4/pkg) – 10 packages|
|OSAMP0006||50709ST||E Series Youth Small Electrodes 1.0” x 1.25” (4/pkg) – 10 packages|
|OSAMP0007||50710LT||Ampcare ES™ (NMES unit + 10 packages Adult Large E Series Electrodes)|
|OSAMP0008||50710ST||Ampcare ES™ (NMES unit + 10 packages Youth Small E Series Electrodes)|
|OSAMP0010||50712||Replacement Lead Wire Set (2) for Ampcare ES™|
|OSAMP0001T||ESP Kit OSAMP0001 including Online Training Course 8 Hours|
|OSAMP0002T||ESP Kit OSAMP0002 including Online Training Course 8 Hours|
|OSAMP0011||ONLINE Training Course 8 Hours.|
For more detailed information please visit the Ampcare website.