October 2019

  • IDDSI Implementation Globally: South Africa, Germany, Austria, England, US, Panama
  • Webinar Series and Recordings
  • Safety Notification
  • Translations
  • IDDSI on the Move
IDDSI Implementation around the world
Out of South Africa

IDDSI has been officially recognized for use in South Africa by the South African Speech Language Hearing Association (SASLHA) and the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA).

View the SASLHA statement here.
Into Germany

The German Interdisciplinary Society for Dysphagia https://www.dg-dysphagie.de  announces their support for IDDSI and will be hosting an IDDSI workshop at their 2020 Annual Conference in Würzburg on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
On to Austria

Logopaedie Austria has published a position paper outlining their support IDDSI.  The paper outlined that their decision came through information gained from national and international experts, representatives of industry, colleagues from other disciplines and through informal surveys among the members. The findings lead to the decision to support the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) in terms of patient safety by June 2019. The paper can be found at: https://www.logopaedieaustria.at/images/Dokumente/Positionspapier_IDDSI_25092019.pdf
Off to England

Chefs at a Nursing Home in St. Leonards on Sea, UK have come up with creative and appealing meals that meet the IDDSI framework standards and are being positively received by residents and their families.  This was achieved through strong team work and increasing their learning at a chef’s training day supported by Nutricia. To read more about their creative achievement, check out the story on the Resources section – country specific resources under UK, or click here.
American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM)  

An instructional session on IDDSI implementation was given at the AACPDM conference held in Anaheim, California September 18-21, 2019.

A key aspect of the workshop was for participants to practice the IDDSI testing methods so they can take these back to their own facilities to share with colleagues.  

According to one participant, the workshop was very timely as their facility was getting started and she was thrilled to be able to go back with testing information and the IDDSI resources. Appreciation to our IDDSI sponsors Nestles, BD, Kent Precision Foods, Parapharmatech and Simply Thick for providing supplies to carry out testing.  
VIII Congreso Panameño de Nutrición Clínica y Metabolismo
I Congreso Panameño de Nutrición Clínica Pediátrica, V Congreso de la Región Norte de FELANPE (FELANPE 2019)

Many thanks to the scientific and organizing committee of FELANPE 2019 for featuring IDDSI in the conference opening keynote presentation in Panama City, Panama.  With the amazing support of FELANPE 2019 and Medtrition, IDDSI Silver Sponsor, a very well attended IDDSI Happy Hour provided attendees the opportunity to compete for prizes while practicing the IDDSI Flow Test and IDDSI Food Texture Tests.  Great learning and fun were had by all!
IMPORTANT: Safety Notification

A safety notification has been circulated regarding the interaction between Polyethylene Glycol (PEG 3350) laxative and starch based thickener. Addition of PEG to a starch based thickened drink will result in a thin, watery consistency – effectively undoing the intended thickening effect of the drink.  For those with dysphagia requiring thickened fluids due to an inability to safely swallow thin fluids, this could result in aspiration.  This interaction does not apparently occur with xanthan gum thickeners.

Read the full notification here.
IDDSI Town Hall: we answer your questions live!

Members of the IDDSI Board of Directors, will be live sharing the latest news on global implementation and answering your questions about the IDDSI framework and implementation in different settings. Do you have questions about products, temperature, syringes, etc? This is your chance to answer your questions LIVE!

Duration: 1 hour.
Webinar Recordings

Thank you to our last Webinar presenters – Allie Stephen and Stefanie Finch who shared their IDDSI implementation journey in the northern region of British Columbia, Canada which is a large rural area that presents with many unique challenges and opportunities. 

If you missed their webinar, please check out the recording here .
The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) has made available the following webinar available “on demand”: Diet Texture Modifications for Adults With Dysphagia: Improving Swallow Safety and Quality of Life.  It is presented by IDDSI Board member Luis Riquelme.

Note : There is a fee charged by ASHA to access this webinar. 
IDDSI Translations
With global implementation moving forward, translations of our IDDSI framework documents becomes even more important. Check out our  Translations tab.

Completed translations:
Chinese (simplified), Farsi, French (Canada), French (France), Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish and Swahili.

Languages currently up for review:  
Arabic, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Slovenian, Thai and Vietnamese.

Please consider reviewing these documents and adding any comments or suggestions for the translation before final posting.
Languages in progress:
Catalan, Irish, Turkish, Hindi, Urdu, Zulu, Portuguese (Portugal), and Marathi.
IDDSI on the Move
  • October 2019 - FELANPE Congress, Panama City, Panama
  • October 2019 – Partners in Practice Conference, Chicago, USA
  • October 2019 - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics FNCE 2019, Philadelphia, USA
  • November 2019 – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference 2019, Orlando, USA. 2 IDDSI events at ASHA:
  • Nov 21/19 Implementation of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) in Different Care/Cultural Settings
  • Nov 23/19 Do You IDDSI? A Town Hall Meeting With Members of the IDDSI Board
Reminder: Updated Framework and Testing Methods documents

The recently updated IDDSI framework document and testing methods document are now available on our website.

If you are having difficulties printing these documents with images, then you will need to adjust your printer setting to the following ‘ print as image/picture’.
The updated documents now reflect the addition of Level 7EC . An audit tool for Level 7EC is also available. We have also added some clarification on topics like “ mixed or dual” consistencies that we hope will better answer your questions. 
Don’t forget to check our Implementation Guides and new printer friendly Colour Codes.  The new resources will help you as you implement IDDSI in your setting.  

REMINDER: The resources on the IDDSI website are free, and include not only print-outs, posters, and audit sheets, but also access to more than 30 videos and webinar recordings through our YouTube channel.
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