SafeStraw™

Bionix SafeStraw allows healthcare providers to safely manage swallowed liquid volume and help reduce aspiration risk of patients with oral motor dysfunction.

Problem: Patients with oral motor dysfunction have difficulty controlling a liquid bolus and often swallow prematurely causing them to aspirate.

Solution: SafeStraw™ limits volume to 6.2 ml’s, per sip helping to reduce the likelihood of aspiration by promoting a controllable liquid bolus.

Result: Limited bolus size helps reduce aspiration risks allowing patients to safely, discreetly, and independently drink from a variety of containers such as cups and bottles.

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Features & Benefits

Alleviates the task of manually controlling volume intake by squeezing the straw or spoon-feeding.

Discreet drinking and training tool for your patients.

Delivers approximately 6.2mls of fluids per suck.

Two versions accommodate use for thin or nectar thickened fluids.

 

Resources

Request free sample
Sellsheet
Instructions for Use

Articles

SafeStraw Might Help You Swallow Through Thick and Thin
SwallowStudy.com SafeStraw Product Review

Studies

SafeStraw Case Study

Press Releases

SafeStraw™ – A volume limiting drinking aid for dysphagia patients.

Web Video

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I drink pop (soda, coke) with the SafeStraw?

No, the SafeStraw is designed for use with thin, water like liquids, or nectar thickened liquids. Use with carbonated beverages, or honey thickened will render the SafeStraw ineffective for limiting the volume of consumption.

Can the SafeStraw be cleaned?

Yes. The SafeStraw disassembles for easy cleaning with hot water and soap, or the top rack of a non-industrial dishwasher.

Does the SafeStraw come with a drinking straw?

Yes. The SafeStraw comes packaged with 12 drinking straws. If you would prefer to use your own straw, any ¼” drinking straw will fit the tapered end of the SafeStraw device.

Can I use my own drinking straw with the SafeStraw device?

Yes. If you would prefer to use your own straw, any ¼” drinking straw will fit the tapered end of the SafeStraw device.

What is the difference between the white and blue straw?

White: Use the white SafeStraw for thin consistency liquids such as water, juice and milk.

Blue: Use the blue SafeStraw for any thickened liquids or nectar. In some cases, if you have a patient with a very strong suck, the blue thick liquid straw, may work for both thin and thick liquids. Success using the SafeStraw in this manner will vary.

Note: Use with carbonated beverages, or honey thickened will render the SafeStraw ineffective for limiting the volume of consumption.

How much time does it take the SafeStraw to reset for the next drink?

For thin liquids, the SafeStraw is ready for the next drink in approximately 1- 3 seconds. For thick liquids, it is ready in approximately 6 to 9 seconds.

How do I prime my SafeStraw?

Place in drink and fill the cylinder by sucking once. Suck again to begin to use.

NOTE: Between sips, the float inside of the cylinder needs to reset,or fall to the bottom of the cylinder, to allow for full volume consumption on the next sip. Sink time of the float will vary depending on the thickness of the liquid (approximately 1-3seconds for thin and 6-9 seconds for nectar thickened).

Why is my SafeStraw not working?
  • Make sure you prime your SafeStraw before use. Refer to the above FAQ on how to do this.
  • Check the chamber to make sure it is open.
  • Check to see if your float is stuck.
  • Make sure to use the correct type of liquid.
  • Make sure that your SafeStraw is assembled correctly.
  • It is possible, that your patient doesn’t have a strong enough suck.
Can I purchase only one SafeStraw?