This presentation was developed for food and nutrition professionals and presented by a Speech-Language Pathologist who is board certified in swallowing and swallowing disorders, and is an IDDSI champion.
This presentation was developed for food and nutrition professionals and presented by a Speech-Language Pathologist who is board certified in swallowing and swallowing disorders, and is an IDDSI champion. The presenter discusses the Who, Why, What, and How of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) framework and descriptors to build awareness, assist in our preparation, and guide us along the way to eventual adoption of the IDDSI standards.
Since 2013, IDDSI, which is a multidisciplinary-international group of researchers and clinicians, has been working to increase patient safety through the development of international dysphagia diet standards with:
- a common terminology for all diet and liquid consistencies (from regular textures to texture modified foods and from thin liquids to thickened liquids)
- across all ages,
- all care settings, and
- all cultures.
This presentation explains how the IDDSI standards were developed, what the specific descriptors and testing methods are, and how the IDDSI framework maps to our prior standards (e.g., the National Dysphagia Diet).
Implementation strategies and resources are included. The question and answer session is guided by a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).
After this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Advocate for the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI), by understanding IDDSI and why there is a global effort to standardize diets for people who have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).
- Classify foods and liquids according to the IDDSI Framework and Descriptors.
- Demonstrate effective testing and analysis of foods and liquids, according to the IDDSI Framework Testing Methods.
- Create individual and facility “to-do” lists in order to further the understanding of and connection to IDDSI.
- Gain resources to create a plan to move from IDDSI awareness, to preparation and eventually to adoption.
CDR Level: II
Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes:
- 3050 Feeding, swallowing, dentition
- 5210 Dysphagia
- 8010 Child and Adult Food Programs
- 9050 Publications, communications of research outcomes
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:
- 6.2.4 Disseminates research or performance improvement outcomes to advance knowledge, change practice and enhance effectiveness of services.
- 8.3.1 Maintains the knowledge and skill to manage a variety of disease states and clinical conditions.
- 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.
- 3.2.2 Evaluates and incorporates individual and target group needs and requirements in order to develop menu items.
Additional CDR Learning Need Codes and Performance Indicators may also apply.
Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, has over 20 years of experience as a medical speech-language pathologist, specializing indysphagia since 1995, when she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She obtained her Board Certification as a Swallowing Specialist (BCS-S) in 2012. In 2014, she started SwallowStudy.com, which is a dysphagia resource for patients and professionals. Karen has worked in acute care, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, and in home health care. She currently works at two different hospitals in the Boston area, owns her own dysphagia consulting business, performs peer reviews and presentations, and provides dysphagia expert services to companies and law firms. Believing in constant continuing education, she has been awarded the ASHA Award for Continuing Education 5 times. She is a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 13, the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD), and the Dysphagia Research Society (where she is a member of the Website, Communications and Public Relations Committee).
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