Entries by Hattie Whiteside


New international standard for terminology and definitions for texture-modified foods and thickened fluids in Dysphagia Management: The IDDSI Framework Authors: Cichero JA, Lam P, Steele CM, Hanson B, Chen J, Dantas RO, Duivestein J, Kayashita J, Lecko C, Murray J, Pillay M, Riquelme L, Stanschus S. Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27913916 Abstract: Dysphagia is estimated to affect ~8% […]


Antipsychotics induce dysphagia and are associated with increased risk of pneumonia Authors: Cicala G, Barbieri MA, Spina E, de Leon J. Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30700161 Abstract: This is a comprehensive review of antipsychotic (AP)-induced dysphagia and its complications: choking and pneumonia. Areas covered: Four PubMed searches were completed in 2018. The limited literature includes: 1) 45 case […]

New medications added

Afatinib and Albendazole New monographs available for: Afatinib – licensed for administration via gastric tubes. The medication can also be dissolved in water to aid patients with swallowing difficulties. See the monograph for full information. Albendazole- unlicensed medication available as an imported special on a named patient basis. Limited information available. See the monograph for […]

Care Home Charter for Swallowing and Medicines

Link: http://www.carehomecharter.org/ The Patients Association UK have developed a charter for use within care homes. Two versions of the charter exist, one for carers and one for residents and their families. The Patients Association did some research with care homes and found that many residents were struggling to swallow their medicines. This meant they weren’t […]

Free online course

Dysphagia: Swallowing Difficulties and Medicines Link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/dysphagia This course will enhance the knowledge of any person involved in the administration of medicines to patients with dysphagia. The course offers an opportunity to network with other learners and with the creators of the course through discussions, graphs and social networking features and to share knowledge with other […]


The ‘Advanced Practices in Voice and Dysphagia’ conference will take place in Las Vegas on the 23rd to 26th February 2019 Link: https://10times.com/advanced-practices-in-voice-and-dysphagia

Swallowing problems and stroke – watch the video

New video ‘Swallowing problems and stroke’ Over a million people in the UK are living with the aftermath of having a stroke. The numbers are increasing all the time, and every five minutes another person has one1. One consequence of having a stroke is difficulty in swallowing, which may affect up to 78% of people2. […]

Residents in care homes with dysphagia found to be almost twice as likely to experience medication administration errors as those without

A small-scale observational study in six care homes with 166 residents in Northern England identified from observing 738 individual medication administrations, an error rate of 57.3% in those with dysphagia compared to 30.8% in those without.(1) The main differences in the reasons for errors seen in the residents with dysphagia were drug omission, incorrect performance […]