Clinician's Library

Finding Dysphagia in Four: A simple swallow screen
30 August 2022
The signs and symptoms of dysphagia are familiar to Speech and Language Therapists/ Pathologists and Dietitians that see dysphagia patients daily. However, as you know, outside this sphere there are a huge number of health care professionals that are not. They may be unaware of how dysphagia can impact a patient’s recovery care plan. As a result,...
The perfect thickened drink
28 July 2022
Is a milkshake the perfect thickened drink? As you know, it’s difficult to stay hydrated with dysphagia. There’s lots of reasons for it, but the main one is people don’t like the texture of thickened drinks. A glass of juice, a cup of tea or coffee with thickener is strange because it’s not what people expect. We thought the best way to overcome...
Swallowing Assessment Pack for Dysphagia
11 May 2022
As you know, every dysphagia patient must have their swallowing difficulty assessed by a Speech and Language Therapist/Pathologist. However, making thickened drinks that flo slo enough to match all the IDDSI Levels 1, 2 and 3 takes time. To complicate matters, water is preferred for assessment but some patients just don’t like the look of thickener...
Why thickened drinks have names from the IDDSI
18 March 2022
As you are living with dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) you will be familiar with the different level names given to thickened drinks. These have been created under something called the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative. Abbreviated to IDDSI, pronounced ID – C. It’s aim is to simplify descriptions of thickened drinks...
How to swallow pills easily
09 December 2021
As you are living with dysphagia, you’ll be familiar with taking pills and may find it a difficult daily task. If you do, we wanted to let you know you are not alone. A recent survey with pharmacists said that most patients they speak to say, “I worry about choking on my pills or them getting stuck.“ That’s one of the main reasons we created Pill-Eze:...
Slõ Vitamin Drops
14 October 2021
As you know, eating with dysphagia is difficult and takes time which means many people may not have enough essential vitamins. We’ve therefore created Slõ Vitamin drops to help. The first are liquid Vitamin C and Vitamin D3 & K2. Vitamin C – also known as the Sunshine vitamin is reported to help the immune system, especially in the cold weather....
IDDSI Level 1 ONS Labels
26 May 2021
IDDSI Level 1, Slightly Thick flow rate is increasingly being prescribed to patients. It provides a perfect last step for a patient to progress onto ordinary – thin fluids. Whilst transitioning to thin fluids, patients can still need to supplement their nutritional intake. As a direct result we created our Slõ Milkshakes+ ONS at IDDSI Level 1....
IDDSI Level 1 ONS Labels
26 May 2021
IDDSI Level 1, Slightly Thick flow rate is increasingly being prescribed to patients. It provides a perfect last step for people to progress onto ordinary – thin fluids. However, whilst transitioning to thin fluids, people can still need to supplement their nutritional intake. As a direct result we created Slõ Milkshakes+ ONS at IDDSI Level 1....
A Slõ Story
24 March 2021
2021 Slõ Milkshakes+ Banana flavour was approved for prescription. Now Clinicians and their patients have access to the widest range of pre-thickened ONS flavours and flow rates in the world.  Healthcare Professionals made us aware of the issues surrounding boosting the protein levels of those diagnosed with dysphagia and with small appetites....
Make every mouthful matter with Slõ Protein Powders
02 March 2021
As you know, for those with dysphagia, the whole process of eating a meal stressful and exhausting, resulting in a diet lacking in essential protein and nutrients which in turn increase the risks of malnutrition, which is why getting the most out of every mouthful is vital. The British Nutrition Foundation says protein is essential for growth and...
Make every mouthful matter with Slõ Protein Powders
02 March 2021
If you are concerned about your nutritional intake or that of someone you care for, try Slõ Protein Powders. These protein-boosting Soy, Whey and Pea Protein powders are not for body builders – they are a way for all ages of with swallowing difficulties to increase protein levels, easily and safely. Some – especially older people; and those living...
Slõ Milkshakes+ now available at IDDSI Levels 1 & 4
17 September 2020
Now, for the first time, dysphagia patients needing nutritional support and prescribed drinks at IDDSI Levels 1, 2, 3 or 4 can maintain their calorie and nutrition intake safely with our unique range of pre-thickened powdered oral nutritional supplements. Our Slõ Milkshakes+ are now available at IDDSI Levels 1 & 4 flow rates. These high-protein,...
How to take laxatives with a swallowing difficulty - dysphagia
14 July 2020
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...
IDDSI Level 1 Slõ Drinks for a slight swallowing difficulty
19 June 2020
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...
The science behind Slõ Drinks
18 June 2020
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...
Making a Slõ Thickened drink is even easier
14 May 2020
To make it easier for everyone to make Slõ Thickened Drink, all our instructions are now simpler but better.
Coronavirus and ibuprofen: Separating fact from fiction
30 March 2020
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....
New IDDSI Packaging
04 February 2020
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...
Helping David Attenborough save the seas
29 November 2019
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...
Slõ Customers Across Mainland Europe
04 November 2019
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...

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