Electronic care provider helps avoid choking risks


Person Centred Software has helped improve resident safety and reduce nutritional risks by incorporating a new global framework for texture modified foods and fluids into its electronic care planning, monitoring and reporting system, Mobile Care Monitoring.

The addition of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) into its nutritional tools enables care providers to quickly and easily evidence the texture of food. Any risks are displayed at the top of the mobile app, so every resident’s allergies and texture diet are known about at the point of care.

Debbie Field, Operations Manager at Benslow Care Homes, which operates a home in Bedfordshire where IDDSI is mandatory for care providers, said: “A soft diet could mean many different textures, whereas with IDDSI we now have a way to evidence the consistency of food and fluids and reduce the risk of choking and asphyxiation. Agency staff and hospitals are also very clear on what texture diet our residents need.”

Andrew Coles, Head of Product Management at Person Centred Software, added: “We have adopted the IDDSI categorisation of food and fluid into our electronic evidence of care planning system so that care staff can see what type of diet a resident requires, and quickly evidence the food texture along with what the resident ate. Additionally, food allergies and food textures are clearly displayed as risks for the carer at the point of care on the mobile app as well as an improved MUST weight loss assessment.”

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