Can you tell what’s going wrong?

Everybody means well. You mean well, you’re reading a healthcare-related blog post. You don’t go into a caring profession unless you care. So why, despite IDDSI, are things still going wrong when it comes to thickening drinks? I mixed one of the commonly used gum-based thickeners incorrectly and this is how it pours at IDDSIContinue reading “Can you tell what’s going wrong?”

There’s no such thing as a ‘soft diet’

Nor a sloppy diet. Nor a runny diet. Nor a chopped diet. Nor a mashed diet. Nor a dysphagic diet. Because the wrong texture diet can kill. Patient Safety Alert In 2018, a Patient Safety Alert (PSA)[i] was published over concerns regarding the term ‘soft diet’. They looked at National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS)Continue reading “There’s no such thing as a ‘soft diet’”

The ‘normal’ swallow

Swallowing is made up of dynamic stages. Here’s a summary of those stages in usual swallowing in adults[i]; Depending what and how you eat and drink, some of these stages are happening all at the same time. And it usually happens fast when there are no difficulties. It takes 1 second to pass through theContinue reading “The ‘normal’ swallow”

Dysphagia and malnutrition…the role of a dietitian

Written by Caroline Hill, Dietitian As the result of swallowing difficulties, it is highly likely that a person’s eating and drinking is affected. The degree to which their eating and drinking is affected will vary on an individual basis. One of the major consequences of dysphagia not being identified and/or not being managed appropriately is malnutrition.    MalnutritionContinue reading “Dysphagia and malnutrition…the role of a dietitian”

WOW! This game-changer really works for people with severe dysphagia!

Written by Sandra Robinson, speech and language therapist The taste of tea AFTER A WHOLE YEAR of no drinks! WOW!This product is amazing for people with dysphagia. I worked with a man, who hadn’t had a taste of tea IN OVER A YEAR.Until now. If anyone knows how many people are living ‘nil by mouth’ (NBM) becauseContinue reading “WOW! This game-changer really works for people with severe dysphagia!”

Successful training at Manton Heights ABI Unit, Bedford

Dysphagia Kitchen (formerly ‘IDDSI training UK’) brought the expertise of an independent speech and language therapist, freelance dietitian and dysphagia specialist chef to the staff of Manton Heights ABI Unit in Bedford. They received training including; understanding swallowing and dysphagia developing appropriate care plans fully implementing speech and language therapy swallow recommendations using IDDSI understandingContinue reading “Successful training at Manton Heights ABI Unit, Bedford”