Mobile care monitoring company Person Centred Software has incorporated the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) into its nutritional tools for care providers.
Andrew Coles, head of product management at Person Centred Software said: “We have adopted the IDDSI categorisation of food and fluid into our electronic evidence of care planning system, so that care staff can see what type of diet a resident requires, and quickly evidence the food texture along with what the resident ate.”
Care homes are now encouraged to move to using IDDSI, a new global framework for texture modified foods and fluids. The aim for the framework is for all healthcare professionals to use the same terminology to describe food and fluids to improve patient safety and reduce resident risks.
The addition of IDDSI category and description and allergies to the nutritional assessment aims to allow care providers to evidence the texture of food. Any risks are displayed at the top of the mobile app, so every resident’s allergies and texture diet are known about at the point of care. IDDSI is already mandatory for care providers in Bedfordshire.
Debbie Field, operations manager at Benslow Care Homes, with one care home in Bedfordshire, said: “A soft diet could mean many different textures, whereas with IDDSI we now have a way to evidence the consistency of food and fluids and reduce the risk of choking and asphyxiation. Agency staff and hospitals are also very clear on what texture diet our residents need.”
This functionality relates to CQC’s E3.5 key line of enquiry, helping care staff to identify and manage risks to people with complex needs in relation to their eating and drinking.