June 2019

  • Implementation in Ireland
  • The 2nd IDDSI Challenge
  • IDDSI Website
  • Resources Update
  • IDDSI on the USA - BootCamp
  • Webinar Recordings
  • Translations
  • IDDSI on the Move
A review of the IDDSI framework commenced in Ireland in 2017. In 2018, the IDDSI framework was endorsed jointly by the Health Service Executive, the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute. A national working group was established in the National Health and Social Care Professionals Office and this office is currently working on the implementation process. National implementation of the framework will commence in September 2019 with a view to completion by April 2020. 
The Second #IDDSIchallenge

We have received many excellent entries from many areas of the world. Judges are currently busy deliberating to choose the winner. The IDDSI Challenge winner as well as top entries will be featured in our July e-bite.
IDDSI Website and Resources

We are thrilled that there have been over 200,000 visits to the IDDSI website.  The website has many resources that can be freely downloaded to help with IDDSI implementation.

We are pleased to let you know that we are close to finalizing the updates to the IDDSI framework document and testing methods document to reflect the addition of Level 7EC. A new audit tool for Level 7EC has also been developed.  

In response to feedback and questions from the global community, we have added some new information regarding choking risk based on our literature review that we hope will help those experiencing dysphagia.    

Stay tuned – we will post these updated documents on our website soon!!

You can also check out country specific information on the resources page. Currently we have Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, USA and Europe. Watch for Ireland coming soon…

Our last webinar on June 4 and 6 Studying the Dynamics of sensations of eating presented by Lisa Duizer was a “sold -out” success.

Recordings are now available on our YouTube channel .

Our next webinar will be announced soon.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recently announced support of the implementation of a global initiative to standardize diets for the treatment of people who suffer from swallowing disorders.

AND has created a monthly, step-by-step IDDSI Boot Camp that empowers dietitians to lead the charge of program implementation in their facilities.

The boot camp will include monthly emails providing concrete tasks and timelines to guide implementation in your facility.

You can learn more and sign up for the AND boot camp here .
IDDSI Translations
Catalan Translation is ready for Peer Reviews! Please help us spread the word.

We now have an easier online-based translation feedback form.

Check out our Translations tab.
Looking for a translated version of the IDDSI Framework, Descriptors or Testing Methods?
Check our completed translations tab on the IDDSI website for the following:
Chinese (simplified), Farsi, French (Canada), French (France), Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish and Swahili.

Languages currently up for review include:     
Arabic, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian, Slovenian, Thai and Vietnamese. Please consider reviewing these documents and adding any comments or suggestions for the translation before final posting.
Languages in progress:
Turkish, Hindi, Urdu, Zulu, Portuguese (Portugal), and Marathi.

Do you speak a language not currently under translation? Would you be willing to provide a translation? We want to hear from you.
IDDSI on the Move
A special thank you to the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM) for hosting The IDDSI Round Up: Strategies for Leading the Charge for IDDSI Implementation workshop on June 23 at the 2019 CSNM Harnessing Your Energy Conference. Pre-conference workshop survey from respondents indicates that at least 71% are either preparing for, in the process of or have fully implemented IDDSI!
A warmest thank you also to the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) for hosting IDDSI at the 2019 Annual Conference & Expo on June 27, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. Our booth was swamped with conference attendees flow testing a variety of thickened liquids and the workshop session: Guided Journey to the IDDSI Gateway engaged a packed conference room of attendees tested food samples generously provided by Hormel Health Labs, Campbell’s and SimplyThick. Attendees reported many ‘a-ha’ moments. Thank you so much to ANFP for helping IDDSI come to life!
  • June 2019 - Dietitians of Canada Conference, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • June 2019 - Canadian Society of Nutrition Management Conference, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • June 2019 - Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals Conference, St. Louis, MO, USA
  • June 2019 - Speech Pathology Australia and New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association Joint Conference, Brisbane, Australia
  • June 2019 - First Latin American Congress on Deglutition, Buenos Aires, Argentina: http://www.congresodisfagia.com
  • July 2019 - ASHA Connect Conference, Chicago, IL, USA
  • July - IDDSI Workshop/Meetings Tel Aviv, Israel
  • September 2019 - American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Los Angeles, USA
  • October 2019 - FELANPE Congress, Panama City, Panama
  • October 2019 - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics FNCE 2019, Philadelphia, USA
IDDSI Reminder

The intent of the IDDSI framework is to provide a standardized way of describing, testing and determining levels of food texture and drink consistency to use for those with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. The determination of whether a person has dysphagia or increased risk of choking is a clinical judgment.
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We are always excited to hear from you! However, as a volunteer board we don't have the capacity to respond to the hundreds of unique inquiries that we receive every week. When we receive a critical mass of questions on a particular topic, we will endeavour to provide the update in an IDDSI e-bite or create a FAQ document. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Luckily, many of the questions asked have been already answered and can be easily found through our website.

We'd like to encourage all IDDSI users to perform the following actions before trying to get in touch directly with us:

  • Visit our Resources page - all official IDDSI documents live here and it's always up to date.
  • Read the full Framework and Testing Methods documents - there's a lot of technical and useful information on these documents.
  • Read and revisit monthly e-bites
  • Visit our Twitter page.
  • Check out our FAQ’s. When we receive a number of similar questions, we create FAQs to answer them.
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