Thick & Easy Clear

An effective solution

Thick & Easy Clear is a taste-neutral solution that can be used to modify the consistency of drinks, helping people with dysphagia to swallow safely.

Thick & Easy Clear is prescribed by Speech & Language Therapists (SLTs) and Dietitians, and is used in hospitals, care homes and in the home.

Thick & Easy Clear:

  • Encourages fluid intake, therefore reducing therisk of dehydration

  • Doesn’t alter the natural appearance, taste or texture of drinks1

  • Lessens the fear of swallowing

Thick & Easy Clear is a taste-neutral solution that can be used to modify the consistency of drinks, helping people with dysphagia swallow safely.

Thick & Easy Clear is prescribed by Speech & Language Therapists (SLTs) and Dietitians, it is used in hospitals, care homes and in the home.

Thick & Easy Clear:

  • Encourages fluid intake, therefore reducing the risk of dehydration

  • Doesn’t alter the natural appearance, taste or texture of drinks1

  • Lessens the fear of swallowing

“Thick & Easy Clear tastes totally natural and fresh in water. The product is clearly excellent and helpful. 10 out of 10”1

Dehydration and dysphagia

The European Food Safety Authority recommends a daily intake of 2.5 litres for men and 2.0 litres for women.3

Along with the elderly, patients with dysphagia often struggle to meet their daily-recommended intakes.

What is dysphagia

Dysphagia describes any difficulty or pain in eating, drinking or swallowing and affects people with a range of conditions.4 Dysphagia has many causes and can pose varied and potentially fatal risks, including dehydration, malnutrition and aspiration pneumonia.

It affects more people than you think:

  • More than 90% of people with motor neurone
    disease (MND)5

  • 81% of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)6

  • More than 75% of patients with Alzheimers7

  • 50-70% of nursing home residents8

  • More than 50% of Parkinson’s disease patients9

  • 50% of head and neck cancer patients10

  • 40-81% of stroke survivors11

Minimising the risks

Effective texture modification of drinks is a simple way to help prevent the risks associated with dysphagia and dehydration to ensure patients remain sufficiently hydrated.

The new IDDSI framework

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) has developed a standardised terminology to describe texture-modified foods and thickened liquids used by people with dysphagia.

We have developed a comprehensive range of Thick & Easy Clear guides to help with your transition to the new IDDSI framework. All of which are available to download here, or should you require printed versions, please contact your Fresenius Kabi representative.

Latest IDDSI News

Mark your calendars! Our new webinar: Introduction to IDDSI (in Mandarin) on Sep 18, is open for registrations: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/3015976847443/WN_Of67-QAISOu1y3t5ojWHYQ

Prof Mershen Pillay, IDDSI Board Member, is one of the panelists of the webinar on Aug 28 from the Swallowing and Dysphagia Society titled: Is the IDDSI working in South Africa? There's still some time to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmcg7JQZMyhxo2tDA-YlymfWQR-ODI7eoFe9h49fipQzuQuw/viewform

Our August e-bite is out. Four upcoming webinars, US IDDSI Reference Group and more! Check it out: https://conta.cc/3aXB5at

Our IDDSI paper received enough citations to place it in the top 1% of the academic field of Clinical Medicine based on highly cited threshold for the filed and publication year! Access it here:
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00455-016-9758-y

July 2020 e-bite is out! New IDDSI Framework images and IDDSI Audit Tools, New Translations, Webinar Recordings, and more... https://conta.cc/30eurJl

Staying hydrated with Thick & Easy Clear

Thick & Easy Clear can be used to thicken both hot and cold drinks.
Altering the consistency of a drink can help ensure a safe swallow.

Thick & Easy Clear – Ordering information

References