December 5, 2017
On Tuesday, November 30th the School of HRT held an International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) workshop to assist with the development of dietary standards for people living with dysphagia.
Dysphagia is a term used to describe the difficulty in swallowing solid food or liquids, and is estimated to affect 8% of the human population. Approximately 580 million people worldwide are affected by the condition that greatly influences their quality of life both medically and physically, with significant consequences that can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, and even death.
The School of HRT was delighted to host a number of dietitians and individuals from manufacturing and menu companies that are devoted to providing the greatest quality in care for seniors residing in nursing homes and hospitals. Industry professionals took part in an interactive seminar that focused primarily on managing dysphagia by modifying the consistency of food. The students dove deep into the texture of chopped, minced and pureed foods, along with thin and thickened liquids by cooking and testing products that are used to feed people living with dysphagia.
Thank you to all industry leaders for participating in Humber HRT’s seminar that is both beneficial and necessary for further development of proper medical support for people living with dysphagia!