Conquering IDDSI in Acute Care: Successes & Challenges

Learn the IDDSI Testing Methods and even try out the test methods with the companion webinar kit that will be shipped to you. Learn practical steps to IDDSI implementation along with real life experiences and challenges in the acute care setting.

This course is a cooperative offering between CEU Espresso and SimplyThick.
You must also register on the SimplyThick website here to attend the course.


The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative is a global effort to standardize terminology and test methods for the dysphagia diet. The promise is better research and better patient outcomes. The diet is ASHA endorsed and is the process of being implemented across the country. In this 2-hour course we cover standardized test methods, testing of foods, a step by step process on how to implement IDDSI in acute care and provide real life experiences from an SLP who has implemented IDDSI across a hospital network. We also send out a webinar kit for a hands-on experience.

This course is a cooperative offering between CEU Espresso and SimplyThick.
You must also register on the SimplyThick website here to attend the course.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  1. Obtain a general overview of the IDDSI implementation process.
  2. Establish guidelines and a plan for implementing IDDSI in your facility.
  3. Utilize IDDSI standardized testing methods to evaluate current menu items.


 5 minutesHousekeeping, introduce speaker and background
 5 minutesWhat we already know: IDDSI framework, testing methods and flow test
20 minutesReview 8 IDDSI Testing Methods
20 minutesTest Foods
20 minutesImplementation in Acute Care – Establish IDDSI Focus Group, Review Current State, Review Food Lab Process, Data Collection, Food Inventory
20 minutesEstablishing Work Groups and Review Steps to IDDSI Implementation
30 minutesConclusions and Questions and Answers
Total time: 120 min  

Presenter #1: John L. Holahan

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.


President and Founder of SimplyThick, LLC. Paid by SimplyThick.
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.

Presenter #2: Laurie Berger, MBA RD LD
Laurie Berger, MBA RD LD is a Regional Manager for Simplythick LLC in the Midwest Region. She works with acute, long term care and chain accounts, and distribution and home healthcare customers in educating on dysphagia and the use of Simplythick.
Laurie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics and Restaurant Hotel Management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and her Masters of Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
Laurie is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Besides working in the dysphagia area for the last 18 years, Laurie has worked in various areas in nutrition and food service, including sales and marketing for adult and pediatric medical nutritional products, soy protein products, as a clinical dietitian and in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
Laurie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also a member of Dietitians in Health Care Communities, Medical Nutrition Practice Group, Dietitians in Business and Communications and Clinical Nutrition Management.
Laurie lives in St. Louis and in normal times likes international travel, hiking, taking walks, attending sporting and theatre events, eating at ethnic restaurants and reading.


Regional Manager, SimplyThick, LLC. Paid by SimplyThick, LLC
SimplyThick, LLC is a financial supporter of IDDSI.

Presenter #3: Samantha Lukert, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS
Samantha Lukert, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS is a speech language pathologist with Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota and a certified brain injury specialist through the Brain Injury Association of America.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Illinois State University and her Master of Science in Speech-language Pathology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Samantha has experience working across a variety of settings including level-one trauma acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, adult and pediatric outpatient rehabilitation, long term care and supervision of graduate students as an adjunct clinical instructor.


Receives salary from Essentia Health

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.

Note: Participants must attend all sessions and complete all course requirements to receive a Continuing Education Certificate. No partial credit will be awarded.

ASHA Brand Block for CEU Espresso 0.2 ASHA CEUs
Introductory level

ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

AOTA CEUs have not been pre-approved for this course.


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