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”