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How to swallow a medical pill easily

The moment has come to take a medical pill. You are suddenly filled with fear and dread. What if you choke on the tablet or can’t get it down?  

This is how many people think – but there is no need for them to panic. Difficulty swallowing pills affects one in three people, causing them to gag, choke or vomit. 

The fear of choking can cause a dry mouth or make the throat tense and narrow. This may stem from a previous experience of choking or a specific health issue, such as dysphagia – the medical term for swallowing difficulties.  

Tough to swallow 

To make matters worse, the internet is filled with advice on how to swallow a medial pill.  From crushing up those large, bitter-tasting tablets to sealing your lips around a bottle of water so no air enters your mouth when you swallow, the plethora of differing advice available can be enough to fill you with even more anxiety!  

The internet also offers parents advice on teaching their children how to swallow a medical pill. While many medicines for children come in chewable and liquid forms, many tablets must be taken in pill form and cannot be crushed or chewed. This would be dangerous or prevent the medicine from working as it should.  

So, is there a universal solution that makes swallowing pills easy for adults and children alike? The answer is yes.  

How to swallow a pill the easy way 

At Slõ Drinks, we are dedicated to helping those with swallowing difficulties and have created Pill-Eze, that makes swallowing medical pills easy and pleasant. 

Whether an adult with a mild swallowing difficulty or diagnosed with dysphagia, or a mum who wants to teach her child how to swallow a medical pill, Pill-Eze will help. 

What is Pill-Eze? 

With Pill-Eze, you no longer need worry about how to swallow a medical pill. This pleasant cherry-flavoured liquid is ready-prepared and specially formulated to make swallowing pills easy, and enjoyable. Made with purified water, this pleasant inert thickened liquid will take away your fear and anxiety. 

Just one press of the pump delivers approximately 10 ml of Pill-Eze onto your spoon. The liquid wraps around the tablet and holds it in suspension to be safely swallowed. Once inside the stomach, Pill-Eze breaks down, leaving the tablet to act as intended, while you are left with a pleasant cherry after-taste. 

Who can take Pill-Eze? 

Pill-Eze has no side-effects and is suitable for anyone age 3 and above, including diabetics.  Whether you are a busy mother, a professional caregiver, or someone who simply dreads swallowing pills, Pill-Eze is safe and effective.  

Pill-Eze is comparable to the Ph level of the stomach (4.2pH), making it the perfect solution for swallowing a wide range of tablets and has been subjected to over 100 scientific studies with independent GLP ISO9001 laboratories. 

Order your sample today!  

Just one press of Pill-Eze can change the way you experience taking medical tablets forever. So, forget worrying about how to swallow a medical pillorder a sample by emailing your address to support@slodrinks.com  

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How to take laxatives with a swallowing difficulty – dysphagia

People with swallowing difficulties – dysphagia;  frequently require laxatives.  

Powdered laxatives are available. However, they must be mixed 125mls water. That doesn’t seem much to drink but those with dysphagia do not drink much. 125mls is a large proportion of their daily intake. 

They are difficult to impossible to thicken and so making them is stressful for the carer. That puts the drinker at increased risk of choking. Even worse – they taste foul.  

Our latest Slõ Drink, it makes pills as easy to swallow as 1,2,3. Simply put a pill on a spoon, cover with a small amount of Pill-Eze and swallow together.  

Pill-Eze can be used with laxatives because it is a thickened liquid. It is moderately thick and suitable for those diagnosed with dysphagia needing IDDSI Levels 1, 2 or 3.  

To thicken it we use a tasteless and odourless starch thickener that is virtually chemically inert. This makes it safe to use for nearly everyone and with almost all medicines, vitamin supplements and, of course, laxatives.  

As it is thick, it covers a pills’ dry coating to lubricate it.  This makes it slippy so pills won’t get stuck. They will just glide easily down the throat. All that’s left in the mouth is a sweet pleasant cherry aftertaste.   

When the pill and Pill-Eze arrive at the stomach, Pill-Eze quickly dissolves leaving the laxative to provide its intended relief.  

Taking laxatives is necessary but it doesn’t need to be difficult, stressful or put the drinker at risk of choking. Pill-Eze makes taking laxatives pills easy and safe.  

To start making laxatives easy to swallow click here: Pill-Eze. 

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IDDSI Level 1 Slõ Drinks for a slight swallowing difficulty

In response to requests from Clinicians wanting their dysphagia patients with a slight swallowing difficulty to have drinks at IDDSI Level 1, slightly thick – all Slõ Drinks can now be made at this level.

Of them all, the most useful will be the Slõ Milkshakes+ as it is the only Oral Nutritional Supplement clearly labeled IDDSI Level 1.

Other ONS are claimed to match this flow rate but do not identify it on the packaging, have caveats and lengthy guidelines for their use. We wanted to eliminate all the risks to carers and patients this causes, hence our commitment to clear labelling.

Like all other Slõ Milkshakes+ it contains a thickener that works with milk to ensure they they are always safe to swallow and completely smooth. Making them is therefore easy – just mix with whole milk – as shown on the pictorial instructions.

As people needing this fluid level and with a slight swallowing difficulty will be able to drink larger volumes, these Slõ Milkshakes+ are made with 300mls of whole milk. It doesn’t need to be drunk all at once. It can be kept in the fridge and sipped through the day as it stays the same safe flow rate all day.

It is not too sweet and has no metallic aftertaste which means the drinker can enjoy consuming a massive 400+calories, 27g+ of protein, + a mix of 25 vitamins and minerals.

It will shortly be available from Pharmacies across the UK, but for the moment it and all the other sachets used to make Slõ Drinks are only available from our Shop.

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The science behind Slõ Drinks

To reduce the risks of those with dysphagia developing aspiration pneumonia; becoming dehydrated and readmitted to hospital, it is essential to change the consistency of all their drinks to slow them down to a manageable speed and make them safer to swallow.

Here at the Slõ Drinks Company these essential consistency changes are made using drink specific hydrocolloid thickeners.

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[The molecular structure of a typical Hydrocolloid thickener]

Hydrocolloid thickeners belong to a family of long chain polymers (polysaccharides). Made up of a large number of hydroxyl (-OH) groups they are characterized by their ability to dissolve in water and bind water molecules together.

It is not possible to see this binding process in a liquid. The polymers are invisible to the naked eye. If they could be seen, when a small quantity of thickener is added to a drink the polymers would look like small strands of spaghetti moving freely about in a pan of water. Adding such a small level of thickener would have little effect and the drink would only be a slightly thick consistency.

Adding a larger quantity of thickener, the polymer chains would become a tangled network and the drink would be a thicker consistency. If very thick it would support a spoon and keep it upright.

All hydrocolloid thickeners work in this way, however it is important to choose the most appropriate one for each drink to ensure a drink will be the right consistency.

Hydrocolloids are derived from a wide range of natural sources such as extracts from plants, trees, bushes, flowers, seeds, grains; some are from the fermentation of gummy slime. Each has different properties which are affected by the properties of the drink they are added to.

This is why, when the same volume of thickener added to different drinks, they will not all be the same consistency.

To ensure the rheology (the consistency and texture) of a drink is an appropriate Stage 1: Syrup/ Nectar or Stage 2: Honey/ Custard , it is important to select a thickener which is appropriate for the drink, identify the quantity required for the drink and specify the volume of the drink it is added to.

This is done at Slõ Drinks by design.

In the initial formulation testing phase consideration is given to a hydrocolloids’:

  • Molecular mass
  • Molecular size
  • Molecular structure

This is necessary as hydrocolloids with linear molecules tend to thicken better than highly branched (tree-like) molecules; but this does not mean that those with linear molecules are most appropriate.

Their ability to fully disperse in a drink and thicken it to a correct consistency is affected by a drinks’:

  • Volume
  • Temperature
  • Sugar level
  • Fat level
  • Electrolyte content
  • pH concentration


This in depth design process is unique and ensures every drink a dysphagia patient needs
and wants can be changed into a Slõ Drink that is a safe-to-swallow consistency, visually appealing and palatable to drink.

 

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Infection control of thickened drinks

Due to Covid-19, infection control is now at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Back in 2017 Infection Control was a key target for the NHS and so we were the 1st company to apply an anti-bacterial barrier coating to our Slõ Milkshakes+ packaging.

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) can develop either as a direct result of healthcare interventions such as medical or surgical treatment, or from being in contact with a healthcare setting.

The term HCAI covers a wide range of infections. The most well-known include those caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). As we all know these pose a serious risk to patients, staff and visitors.

We therefore looked at our own products to see what we can do to reduce an infection risk and realised it could be possible for infections to be transferred by a products’ packaging and labelling. Something we are now all familiar with.

The solution was to have a barrier coating applied to products to prevent transfer.

As a redirect result, after working with MPH – a specialist printer to the pharmaceutical industry (www.mphpackaging.com) an anti-bacterial barrier coating is always applied to the outside of each Slõ Milkshakes+ pack.

Please note we are not claiming it can prevent the transfer of Covid-19.

This unique anti-bacterial barrier coating helps to prevent transfer of contaminants and pathogens which viruses need to grow and therefore dramatically reduces the risk of cross-contamination.

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Dysphagia

In the April edition of NHD magazine we read an article written by Bogna Nicinska – a specialist Diabetes Dietitian.

It discusses dysphagia in patients with gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) disease. It contains some useful insights and ideas, consequently we wanted to make you aware of it – just in case you missed it.

To read the full article click here.

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Covid-19 and Dysphagia Patients

The European Society for Swallowing Disorders created a webinar about how to help those with Dysphagia and COVID-19.

Up to 980 delegates attended the 35th ESSD Livestream Webinar on Oropharyngeal Dysphagia in COVID-19 patients. Clinical experiences were shared, along with  perspectives from all over Europe.

Check the presentation, explore the websites and answer the survey.
https://lnkd.in/dV5m84i
https://lnkd.in/dX4_JfQ
https://furega.com/

You will also find a pdf summary of the presentation here: Basic procedures to assess and treat Oropharyngeal Dysphagia in Patients with Covid-19 Infection.

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Coronavirus and ibuprofen: Separating fact from fiction

Since launching Pill-Eze to make pills easy to swallow, we see a lot of information pill, tablet or capsule related. As you would expect the latest information we are seeing relates to Ibuprofen and using it to treat Coronavirus.

Across the national media and on social media there is a lot of information and unfortunately a lot of misinformation. We have therefore gone to our trusted independent source for News the BBC.

This link will take you to the latest fact checker at the BBC. We presume it will be updated and suggest checking for updates as frequently as you can.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/51929628

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The Swallowing Difficulty Spectrum

During our research into how to make pills, tablets and capsules easy to swallow for those with dysphagia, we discovered some interesting facts.

As a result, I want to share the concept of a Swallowing Difficulty Spectrum.

The research highlighted that most people that cannot swallow pills have a normal swallow. They have no other swallowing difficulty except with pills, tablets or capsules. Their main worries are: a pill etc. will get stuck, they will gag on them and they don’t like the taste. The numbers are staggering. According to Harris Interactive 40% of American adults have a difficulty with pills.

They are suffering with a swallowing difficulty but accept it and don’t seek professional help.

This made us stop and think.

How many people have slight difficulty swallowing foods and drinks and haven’t been diagnosed with dysphagia? There must be millions more than those diagnosed with it.

These people believe it’s just a fact of life that they cough during or after swallowing, have a gurgly voice, have a constant feeling of a lump in their throat or suffer any of the other symptoms listed here: Signs of Swallowing Difficulty.

Consequently, they have never seen a Speech Therapist/Pathologist and won’t seek professional help until the side effects of their slight swallowing difficulty escalates and they can’t cope.

It would be impossible for healthcare professionals to see all those with a slight swallowing difficulties and so can we help them identify they have a problem and seek help? We’ve already put Signs of Swallowing Difficulty on our landing page but can we – together do more?

What do you think?

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Signs of Swallowing Difficulties

There are millions of people of all ages that have difficulty swallowing food and drinks. For some it is severe problem. Clinicians call it dysphagia. For most it is a mild problem that they accept as a normal way of life. It doesn’t need to be that way. If you therefore recognise any of the signs below, our Slõ Drinks can help. They flow slowly and will be soothing to swallow. If in doubt speak to your doctor.

  • Frequent repetitive swallowing
  • Excessive throat clearing
  • Gurgly voice after eating
  • Hoarse voice or recurrent sore throat
  • Hesitation or inability to swallow
  • Difficult of painful swallowing
  • Constant feeling of lump in the throat
  • Food coming up through the mouth or nose
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Recurrent episodes of pneumonia
  • Frequent Heartburn
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Need to “wash down” solid foods
  • Food or acid backing up in the throat
  • Coughing during or after swallowing
  • Saying “I’m fine” whilst obviously struggling to drink

 

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New IDDSI Packaging

The new Slõ Milkshakes+ IDDSI packaging is now in production.

Up until as late as November last year some were still implementing the new IDDSI terms. Since then we haven’t received any more calls from Pharmacies or Care Homes and about them and so we are now printing our Slõ Milkshakes+ sachets with just the IDDSI terms.

You will start to see it appear over the next 5 to 6 weeks as the old stock is consumed.

All of our new Slõ Milkshakes+ flavours – Vanilla and Banana will only feature these terms when they become available later this year.

We hope they prove useful and if you need any help implementing their use, please contact us on:

+44 (0)3452 222 205 or support@slodrinks.com

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Improving the communication of dysphagia recommendations in the inpatient setting

We recently read an article written by Veronica Giudice – a Specialist Dietitian; about making sure dysphagia recommendations are clearly communicated across the patient team.

As we are sure it will prove useful we asked her to let us share it with you…

Introduction
Dysphagia is defined by any difficulties experienced with positioning, controlling and manipulating food or drink within the mouth, and difficulties achieving prompt, timely and coordinated muscle movements required for food and drink to be swallowed safely (RCSLT CQ3, 2006). Dysphagia is a potentially life-threatening condition and can have a significant impact on the person’s physical health and well-being, potentially resulting in weight loss, food refusal, chest infections and aspiration pneumonia.

Various incidents have been reported over a 2 year period within this NHS Trust surrounding dysphagia recommendations including; 20 reports of patients being provided with the incorrect texture or consistency of food or fluid and 3 reports of nil by mouth patient being given oral diet and fluids. The major factors contributing to the reported incidents were poor communication, inconsistent documentation and unclear recommendations. With the launch of IDDSI, it was seen as a good time to improve nutritional care of dysphagia patients across this Trust and to limit confusion that may occur with the introduction of new descriptors.

It was thought it would be quite a challenge to implement IDDSI within NHS Fife within the given timeframe so a dysphagia short life working group (SLWG) was set up including acute and community based members of the multidisciplinary team who met on a monthly basis to roll out IDDSI across Fife and improve nutritional care across Fife in terms of dysphagia. The members of the dysphagia SLWG split up into various sub groups to look at different aspects of nutritional care surrounding dysphagia including a subgroup developing inpatient documentation in the form pictorial meal mats (an example of which, can be found here).

Methods
A Dietitian and two Speech and Language Therapists collaborated to produce meal mats to highlight dysphagia recommendations and nutritional needs of individual patients. Once completed, the draft meal mats were then piloted in acute and community hospitals within Fife. They were positioned above the patients beds as this was thought to be the most visible location. Evaluation forms of the meal mats were then completed by various ward staff including trained and untrained staff, SLT, Dietitians and Occupational Therapists. The main positive feedback provided was; the meal mats were a good way to highlight SLT recommendations, it was helpful to have a visual aid of what the patients food and fluid should look like and it acted as a reminder for families bringing in food. The constructive feedback received was that writing was too small – ward staff felt they had to walk round the bed to read the information on the meal mat rather than being able to see the patients nutritional recommendations at a glance. The meal mats looked ‘messy’ as any information that did not apply to the patient was scored off with a pen. The meal mats did not stand out compared to anything else on the patients white board. Additionally, there was no option to personalise information on meal mats such as snack information.

Final meal mats were developed based on feedback received. They were doubled in size to make them more visible and to allow them to stand out amongst other paperwork on the board above the patients bed. Blank spaces were left on the meal mats for personalisation of information and the meal mats were laminated so that personalised information could be written on and wiped off as recommendations changed throughout the patient’s journey. Finalised meal mats were then rolled out across the acute hospital in this Trust and are available for use within community hospitals also. It is the sole responsibility of Dietitians and SLT to implement and keep these meal mats up-to-date which will reduce the risk of inaccurate recommendations being documented on the meal mats. On the patients discharge, the meal mats transfer across wards and sites with patients which limits the risk of miscommunication of recommendations between ward staff on transfer.

To ensure the efficacy of the meal mats in setting out to achieve our aims of improving communication of dysphagia recommendations at ward level and ensuring the safe transition to IDDSI, evaluation forms were provided to ward staff to analyse the improvement in service since implementation of meal mats.

Results
Of the ward staff who completed the evaluation form following implementation of the meal mats; 100% agreed that the meal mats are a beneficial way of highlighting patients with dysphagia. 100% agreed that the meal mats make SLT recommendations and nutritional needs of patients with dysphagia clear. 90% agreed that the meal mats are likely to improve their confidence when providing diet and fluid for patients with dysphagia. 70% agreed that the meal mats have improved their understanding of the new dysphagia descriptors.

Conclusion
This resource has been very well received across the acute setting within this Trust. The meal mats are seen as a useful visual aid for raising awareness and understanding of dysphagia descriptors among ward staff, patients, families and carers.

 

References
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). 2019. Dysphagia Overview. <https://www.rcslt.org/speech-and-language-therapy/clinical-information/dysphagia> [Accessed July 24 2019].

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Helping David Attenborough save the seas

As you know, David Attenborough is encouraging us all to reduce our use of single use plastic bottles and save our seas.

Whilst we immediately think of water bottles, we think it applies to all plastic bottles; including those used for oral nutritional supplements. Have you ever considered how many ONS in plastic bottles patients use?

One patient on two a day for a month is 56 or 560 a year. 100 patients is 5,600! That doesn’t include those binned because they’re unused.

As a direct result, we believe it is our responsibility as manufacturers of high use products, to constantly review what we do and search for ways to minimise our environmental impact.

Our biggest contribution to minimising impact is to use sachets for our oral nutritional supplements for dysphagia – Slõ Milkshakes+. Sachets don’t use heavy – multiple manufacturing processes.

Slõ Milkshakes+ sachets are made from laminate film which is produced on machines that are tiny in comparison to those needed to make bottles. Once printed our film travel less than 40 miles to our Manufacturing facility, where it is converted into a sachet and our Slõ Milkshakes+ powders are deposited into it. The finished Slõ Milkshakes+ are then shipped to where they are needed. Being powders they are Incredibly light to ship.

Having found a way to reduce our environmental impact before use, we must keep it to a minimum after use. The sachets can therefore be recycled, where facilities exist, and NOT sent to landfill.

Ultimately, this eliminates the need pre-thickened ONS in bottles, reduces the issues caused by bottles and makes for a lower CO2 footprint.

One of the small things we do, you can’t see, which make a big difference and think David would like.

If you want to help David’s cause and reduce the use of bottles used for ONS, you can find more about our Slõ Milkshakes+ here

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Slõ Customers Across Mainland Europe

It’s always good to see Slõ products having a positive impact abroad and one such case is in the European Center of Neurosciences in Spain.

In their blog (which can be found here), they present the effects and difficulties of neurological damage, including dysphagia.  Dysphagia has a prevalence of between 25-78% of hospitalised patients with neurological problems and it is important to add that the statistics are usually underestimated in 90% of cases.

The European Center of Neurosciences have been working in the environment of people with dysphagia for years and we commend them for their work.

Since the website is in Spanish, it’ll need translating. Chrome will do it automatically but other browsers will need an extension (such as here for Firefox and here for Edge).

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Slõ Tablets Sample Sachet

Slõ Tablets has been created to make swallowing tablets and capsules comfortable and safer for those with all degrees of dysphagia.

It reduces all the risks associated with adding medication to thickened drinks. Slõ Tablets is already pre-thickened and ready to use at IDDSI 3- Moderately Thick flow rate.

Although it is thickened it flows very easily. As a result, no residue is left in the mouth or the oesophagus. Instead the tablet arrives safely at the stomach where it can provide the intended benefit.

This is helped by the fact, Slõ Tablets is inert. It doesn’t interact with the medication or affect its performance like yoghurts, jams and foods do.

That said, we know it is a new idea and clinicians have suggested that people may want to try a sample first. We’ve therefore created a sample sachet containing 5mls of Slõ Tablets.

It is available to buy from our shop. Available to buy from the Sample section of our Shop: 3 for £3.00; a £3.00 voucher will be provided to redeem against the purchase of a full bottle.

Hopefully, you will find this new service useful. To start using it please click here: Slõ Drinks Shop

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How to make lots of thickened drinks safely

All of us need lots of drinks a day, however making lots of thickened drinks and adding just the right amount of thickener to each one is time consuming, difficult and stressful.

Consequently, we have been looking for a solution and our sachet provided the answer.

Like moving from loose leaf tea to a tea bag, moving from a tin of thickener to our sachet – it’s simple to make a safe drink.

The sachet eliminates the need to “scoop and hope” – scoop thickener into a drink and hope it makes a drink to the right consistency. Our sachets ensure a drink always matches the consistency prescribed because…

…the Slõ Cold Drink sachet contains enough thickener to make 500mls of a cold drink. That’s enough to provide drinks for several people or several drinks for one person in the day. Carers can also put two sachets together to make 1 litre of a drink.

The Slõ Hot Drink sachet contains enough thickener for one drink. We have found it impossible to make a hot drink in large volume because of the amount of thickener required.

Every sachet is printed with preparation instructions. No one has to search for instructions. This guarantees that if the kitchen closes, a client can have a drink as every carer will be able to make a Slõ Drink.

Our sachets also ensures our thickener works properly. Thickener is very sensitive to moisture and so if the lid is left off or a damp scoop in a tin, it degrades quickly and won’t thicken as well as when the tin was first opened.

Conversely, our sachets keep our thickener fresh in an air tight atmosphere. As a result, a Slõ Drink made with the last sachet will be as safe to swallow as one made with the first and you never have to throw any away.

Finally and most importantly for the drinker, our thickener dissolves quickly to ensure Slõ Drinks are totally lump free and smooth. It is tasteless and odourless. Slõ Drinks always look as clear and bright as an ordinary drink and taste as good as them too, to give back the simple pleasure of an enjoyable drink.

The Slõ Cold Drink sachet can be used to make any water based cold drink safer to swallow; fruit juice from cordial, juice from concentrate (no bits), vitamin water, flavoured waters or plain water from the tap.

The Slõ Hot Drink sachets can be used in the same way to make coffee and traditional tea – with or without milk, flavoured tea or a hot juice drink from cordial. It can’t be used with chocolate or malt based hot drinks because of the thickener these contain.

To try this new, easier way to make lots of thickened drinks safely, please click here: Slõ Shop.

 

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Tins of thickener and the IDDSI

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI – for short) was implemented in January 2019. It was created to provide standard terms for the flow rate of thickened drinks and consistency of texture modified foods. This in turn should reduce the risks of patients being given a drink or a meal that would induce aspiration.

It is a great idea, however, the numbers used to describe the new consistencies are very close to the old ones. As a result, we are still hearing from healthcare professionals that this is still causing some confusion and you can see why E.g. the old stage 1 is now an IDDSI 2. The old stage 2 is now an IDDSI 3!

So, to help explain how the old and new terms relate – we created an information sheet that you can download from here: https://www.slodrinks.com/iddsi-terms-translation-download-our-handy-guide/

The IDDSI have produced one which is shown above. It and several other resources are available at their website https://iddsi.org/

If after visiting you have questions, we are happy to help. Just email support@slodrinks.com or call us on 03452 222 205.

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Compounding Pharmacies – the future

This article is a summary of research into the Compound Pharmacy market. It is thought provoking to read, as it investigates how medication is being provided and will be in the future – unless we can change it!

The traditional role of compounding pharmacies is to make drugs prescribed by doctors that are specially tailored to patients that can’t be met by commercially available drugs. For example:

  • A person may be allergic to one of the ingredients in the commercial version of a drug.
  • A young child may need a small, liquid dose of a drug made only in adult-dosage tablets.
  • Liquid versions of medications that are normally available only in pill form for patients who have difficulty swallowing pills.

The last two points interest us most.

These “Specials” have been made for decades, as the large Pharmaceutical Companies focus on high use – important drugs. However, in recent years, the role of compounding pharmacies has expanded to full fill drug shortages.

Important drugs have historically been unavailable for short periods. But now the delay can be for months and sometimes a year. Consequently, compounding pharmacies are being looked to on a larger scale to try and resolve drug manufacturing problems. Therein lies the big problem. “Specials” are very expensive and the ongoing cost to the user is massive.

Slõ Tablets will help: created to reduce these spiralling costs by reducing the need for liquid versions of drugs and making solid generic cost-saving tablets and capsules easier to swallow.

Bearing that in mind, as you read the summary, I hope you find the research as interesting as we did: https://www.reuters.com/brandfeatures/venture-capital/article?id=105039

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Milk free, vegan friendly ONS for Dysphagia

For those with a normal swallow, there are lots of nutritional supplements to choose from. For those with dysphagia there are only three pre-thickened ones available – in the world!

Dietitians and Nutritionists have wanted more – a wider range – so they can give their patients more options. They also wanted some of those options to be milk free.

We’ve therefore created Slõ Juice+.

They are the 1st milk free, Vegan friendly pre-thickened powdered protein rich nutritional supplements which provide 300+ calories, 8g+ of protein, + mix of 25 vitamins and minerals.

As you would expect they match the IDDSI 2 & 3 flow rates, are amylase resistant and maintain the same safe flow rate all day.

Available in 3 flavours: Orange, Banana & Mango and Blackcurrant, they all look and taste good. Not too sweet, without a metallic aftertaste and made with 200mls of cold water
from the tap or fridge; they are refreshing to drink.

Ordinarily, before telling you we would wait until we’ve completed trials. However, we wanted to share this with you now so you know what’s coming. When launched it means the number of pre-thickened supplement choices will double.

Updates will follow, but if you would like to see the Nutritional composition just email support@slodrinks.com