This course has been designed to provide learners with in-depth information on the new IDDSI Framework, as well as important background information on dysphagia, its prevalence and signs, and how to follow a Speech and Language Therapist’s recommendations.
The IDDSI Framework is a global initiative that is being introduced in Ireland and around the world currently.
This is to to allow every care setting to use identical terminology to describe modified food and drinks. Where previous terms such as Grades, Textures, or Stages were used, the IDDSI term Levels will be used instead. It is important that all nurses, care staff, and catering and dining staff are familiar with this new terminology.
This training course covers the IDDSI Framework in detail, explaining each food and fluid consistency level with video, audio, and text descriptions. It is ideal for nurses, care staff, and catering and dining staff, and is accredited both in Ireland and in Australia. Completion of this course will give care providers the skills and confidence to provide safe dysphagia care in the context of the IDDSI Framework.
The training is completed online, over a course of 14 key modules followed by an assessment piece. It offers a range of useful and practical information in relation to dysphagia, as well as printable handouts throughout for future reference and learning consolidation. The course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.
At the end of the course students will be able to:
Identify dysphagia, and know when to refer for assessment
Explain the swallow assessment process
Recognise and use the IDDSI Framework levels
Be able to follow safe swallow recommendations
Understand safe feeding practices for assisted feeding
Enhance the mealtime experience for the person with dysphagia
Module 1: Introduction
Aims and Objectives
Meet the course presenters
Module 2: The Normal Swallow
The 4 phases of the swallow
Module 3: Statistics
Prevalence and incidence of dysphagia
Module 4: Consequences of Dysphagia
The impact of dysphagia
Module 5: Signs of Dysphagia
How to identify dysphagia
Module 6: Swallow assessment
How the swallow is assessed
Module 7: Speech and Language Therapy Recommendations
Speech and Language Therapy Recommendations
Modules 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: The IDDSI Framework
The IDDSI Framework
The IDDSI Flow test
Individual IDDSI levels
IDDSI testing methods
How to thicken fluids
Module 13: Speech and Language Therapy Recommendations (part 2)
Specific information for working with this client group
Module 17: Medication
How medications affect the swallow
Difficulty taking tablets
Module 18: Oral care
Tips to address dry mouth
On completion of the course, learners are required to complete an end of course assessment consisting of 10 multiple choice style questions. You must achieve 80% in this assessment in order to successfully complete the course.
Your Dysphagia Care certificate, which is valid for 2 years, will be issued to you on successful completion of the assessment, for download and printing.
Benefits of Dysphagia Training
The aim of the course is to provide learners with the knowledge, skills, and training to provide safe dysphagia care within the context of the IDDSI Framework. This will reduce the risk of adverse incidents such as aspiration and choking, as well as contribute to the overall quality of life and mealtime experience of those with dysphagia.