BAPEN has contributed to and endorsed new guidance published today by the RCSLT for healthcare professionals to support adults when eating and drinking with acknowledged risks.
The decision-making process for healthcare professionals in these circumstances requires a person-centred problem-solving approach. The aim is to provide a framework to facilitate a swift, consistent decision-making process respecting individual wishes and maximising quality of life. The guidance aims to clarify the assessment, decision-making and documentation processes required in order to achieve person-centred, multidisciplinary and multiagency care planning with clear methods of review for individuals.
The new guidance is not prescriptive, but seeks to serve as guidance for adults with dysphagia across care settings.
The multidisciplinary guidance is available to read here.