Guide to IDDSI Implementation: Successes and Challenges.

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The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative is a global effort to standardize terminology and test methods for the dysphagia diet with the goal of better patient outcomes and better research in the field. This new paradigm has been endorsed by both the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is in the process of being implemented around the world. In this 2-hour course, we cover the history and the science behind the diet, explaining eight different testing methods including a webinar kit for a hands-on experience. We provide a step-by-step guide to implementation illustrated with real-life experiences of other professionals who have already been working with the new paradigm at their sites to assist with challenges faced during roll-out. Topics include: Defining What IDDSI Means for Your Site, identifying an IDDSI Champion Team, Documentation and EHR Integration, Recipe Testing and Changing, and Preparing to Go Live.

Key Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • Define the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI).
  • Learn the 8 different test methods for IDDSI implementation.
  • Describe steps required to initiate implementation of IDDSI in a hospital setting.


5 minHousekeeping, introduce speaker and background
10 minIDDSI Origin Story
10 minIDDSI Diet Overview – diet levels and descriptors
10 minTesting Methods
5 minIDDSI Implementation at SSM Health
10 minDefine what IDDSI means for your hospital
10 minIdentifying the IDDSI Champion Team
10minDocumentation and EHR Integration
10 minProcess for Recipe Testing
15 minImplementing Recipe Changes
10 minPreparing for Go Live
15 minQuestions and Answers


2 hours.

About the Presenters:

John L Holahan is President and Founder of SimplyThick, LLC. Mr. Holahan is also the inventor of the company’s patented thickener – SimplyThick. He graduated from the University of Minnesota a B.S. in Paper Science and Engineering in 1992. In 2001, Mr. Holahan graduated from the Executive MBA program at Washington University in St. Louis. As part of his academic career he has been elected to both the honor societies for forestry and business – Xi Sigma Pi and Beta Gamma Sigma. Mr. Holahan has worked with thickeners – and not just in healthcare – for his entire business career. Initially he worked for Kelco, a thickener company owned by Merck and eventually sold to Monsanto, where he became an expert in several industrial thickeners. During his MBA, Mr. Holahan developed the business plan for SimplyThick and upon graduation in 2001, founded the company and has worked there ever since. Amy K Ryan received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and a Master of Science Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Amy has worked for SSM Rehabilitation Network as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2012 and has served as the Regional Rehab Therapy Manager for Speech Pathology since August 2015. Amy has been devoted to quality and safety during her tenure as an SLP, she has initiated a step-by-step process to facilitate safety and quality improvement in order to increase safety and awareness of dysphagia and swallowing with stroke patients. Amy has developed new programs and practice guidelines for Speech/Swallowing disorders with Head and Neck Cancer patients, stroke patients, geriatric patients, patients with TBIs. Amy has developed and published research for swallowing screeners and is devoted to ensuring quality practices are implemented to keep patients safe. Amy currently holds membership in Midwestern Adult Communication Disorder Group where she is President; she also holds membership with American Speech-Language & Hearing Association. In addition, Amy belongs to ASHA Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and ASHA Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision.


John Holahan’s Presenter Disclosures:

Financial: President and Founder of SimplyThick, LLC. Paid by SimplyThick. Non-financial: SimplyThick, LLC is a financial supporter of IDDSI but has no input on the content or direction of IDDSI. Mr. Holahan is a member of the Canadian IDDSI Expert Reference Group.

Amy Ryan’s Presenter Disclosures:

Financial: Receive Salary from SSM Health Rehabilitation Network. Non-financial: President of Midwestern Adult Communication Disorders Group which sponsors and hosts CEU events for Speech Language Pathologist.

Sponsor Disclosure:

This course is presented by CEU-Espresso, Inc.

Content Disclosure:

This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service
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