What is IDDSI?
IDDSI is short for International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative. (You know it’s international when it’s spelled that way! LOL!) It is a new standardized way to identify and define texture modified diets (such as pureed diets or diets that incorporate soft and ground foods) as well as thickened liquids. There are 128 countries worldwide engaged with IDDSI and it is translated into over 50 languages
IDDSI classifies texture modified diets and thickened liquids into one of eight levels as outlined on the framework graphic pictured here. Each level is distinctly identified with a color, number and name. The combination of the 3 identifiers will help to limit errors in prescribing, identifying, preparing and serving dysphagia diet orders.
It’s All About Safety
IDDSI is an exciting change in the world of texture modified diets and thickened liquids because it is designed to improve safety during eating and drinking for those with dysphagia. Incorporating IDDSI is not as easy as making a few tweaks on your therapeutic diet spreadsheets and changing some diet orders. It takes a carefully planned, interdisciplinary approach. In addition, IDDSI introduces testing methods that are to be used to verify that food and beverages are at the individual’s prescribed level before they are served. The tests are easy to perform and an important step in safety, but they will need to be incorporated into your food preparation and service processes and several disciplines will need to be trained. IDDSI is worth the effort but you might need some support getting it fully implemented.
Tap into Our Dietetic Expertise
Don’t go it alone. We have spent the better part of a year studying IDDSI and teaching others how to create plans for IDDSI implementation including updating diet manuals, recipes, menus, therapeutic diets and training. We’d love to give you support in any way you need it.