31 August 2018

Making a thickened drink to right consistency, that flows slowly enough for a person to drink without choking is difficult. Gaining agreement what that consistency is what it should look like has always been as difficult. Consequently, here in the UK the IDDSI flow terms have been adopted so everyone can

31 July 2018

A Clinician here in the UK recently asked us, “Can you create a nutritional supplement that matches the IDDSI 1, Slightly Thick flow rate?” It came up because since introducing the IDDSI terms here, Speech Therapists think this new consistency is needed. It should help those currently on IDDSI 2,

21 June 2018

Pre-thickened Oral Nutritional Supplements are very useful for those with dysphagia. However, Nutrica’s Nutilis and Fresenius Kabi’s Fresubin Thickened supplements don’t feature the IDDSI flow terms on pack and until yesterday neither did our Slõ Milkshakes+. This is causing a problem for those that want to adopt the Initiative or

23 May 2018

As the IDDSI is launching this year here in the UK and all our Slõ Drinks match the IDDSI flow rates, we are changing our packaging include its descriptors. By adding them to the original terms we hope to accommodate those that want to continue to use the existing terms and

25 April 2018

Sarah Bouchard, a Speech and Language Pathologist and Founder of Collaborative for Adaptive Lifestyle Maintenance (Calm, LLC.), put a post on LinkedIn about Drug Induced dysphagia written by Karen Sheffler at Swallow Study. I realise explaining how I found the article seems lengthy and unnecessary. I’ll explain why I did

12 April 2018

As we speak to more Health Care Professionals about the new IDDSI Descriptors and the possibility of adopting them, we are concerned there is going to be confusion and drinkers will be put at risk. The issue is the original consistency terms: Stage 1, 2 and 3. These are so

27 March 2018

A Dietitian recently told us about Bolero sugar free drinks, and after trying them, we believe those living with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) will find them extremely helpful and enjoyable to drink. Bolero is a powdered drink which is supplied in sachets. To make them, you simply mix the sachet contents

15 March 2018

Slõ Milkshakes+ are the 1st powdered high protein supplements for those living with dysphagia. We’ve created them because those with dysphagia only eat small amounts. It isn’t because they have a small appetite. It is because the condition means they eat very – very slowly. A small meal can take

15 February 2018

Powdered ONS – Oral Nutritional Supplements – are useful, except for those with swallowing difficulties. They can’t be thickened safely because starch and gum thickeners don’t mix with them. We therefore created a Slõ ONS. A Slõ Oral Nutritional Shake. Slõ Milkshakes+ contain a thickener that works with milk. As a

5 February 2018

We read this article in CN Focus about a clinician having a Dysphagia Diet for a week. It provides a useful insight into the issues faced by those with dysphagia and their carers and as a result wanted to share it. To summarize…. Dysphagia following stroke affects a significant proportion