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Presentation title: Implementing the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI)

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Kit Werner PhD, MS, RDN 

Director, Patient Food and Nutrition Services and the Michigan Medicine Dietetic Internship Director.




Kit Werner graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics.  She completed her Master’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She has been employed in multiple and varied professional positions, for example serving as a clinical inpatient and outpatient Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and teaching collegiate food and nutrition courses. She currently serves as the Director for Patient Food and Nutrition Services and the Michigan Medicine Dietetic Internship at the University of Michigan. Kit has been a life-long advocate of educating patients and practitioners to better understand the intricate and dynamic relationship that food and nutrition have upon one’s health.  Kit spearheaded the IDDSI task force at Michigan Medicine working to advance health to serve Michigan and the world.

 Presentation Overview/Summary

Millions of people around the world are living with dysphagia. This session will explore the International Dysphagia Diet Initiative (IDDSI) framework, describe its importance, explain texture and consistency mapping, and the process for adopting IDDSI through multidisciplinary communication and collaboration. Resources developed and utilized, as well as experiences, and lessons learned through IDDSI implementation at a tertiary care, academic medical center will be shared. Identification of opportunities to continually advance patient safety and customer experience post IDDSI implementation will be reviewed.


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