Up to 68% of residents of aged care facilities have dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), which has many potentially life-threatening consequences. The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI), which is based on current best practice and latest research, provides a global standardized framework for terminology and definitions for modified diets and thickened fluids, as well as objective testing methods.
There are a number of differences between the current Australian standards and IDDSI, including new terminology, additional levels and categories, and changes to the definitions of some levels. A significant change is that bread and mixed consistency foods will no longer be appropriate for residents on IDDSI Level 6 soft and bite-sized diet, unless approved by the speech pathologist.
Food Solutions IDDSI education covers the following:
What is dysphagia
What is IDDSI
Stages for implementation
New food and drink testing methods
Getting your facility IDDSI ready.
Please watch the video, read the handout and then answer the multiple choice quiz below.
Please download a handout for this module here:
Test what you have learned from the video and handbook in the multiple choice quiz below:
#1. How many levels does the IDDSI framework contain?
#2. Which of the following are potential consequences of dysphagia?
#3. What is the second leading preventable cause of death in aged care?
#4. What is the primary goal of IDDSI?
#5. Which of the following is NOT an IDDSI testing method?
#6. Which of the following is suitable for a Level 6 soft & bite-sized diet?
#7. Which of the following is a mixed consistency food?
#8. What is the particle size for Level 6 soft and bite-sized diet?
#9. For how long do you allow the fluid to run through the syringe in the IDDSI flow test?
#10. When using the fork drip test, which fluid will sit on the fork and may form a tail between the prongs?
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