Why is a standardized approach towards dysphagia necessary?
A standardized approach, standards and characteristics relating to texture, are required in order to recommend hydration or nutrition products. That is why Nutrisens Medical has developed a Dysphagia Standardized Assessment (DSA® ) via the DSA pack®. This pack includes the TCFD test proposed by Michel Guatterie, designed to detect aspiration as it happens, depending on the volume and the grade of the liquid at the time it is taken. The test result gives the grade required for drinks that is suitable for the swallowing ability of the patient so that they can drink and hydrate themselves safely. This simple test makes it possible to make a useful recommendation: either to resume swallowing liquids (from tap water at grade 0 to the very thick type 3) or to stop oral consumption.