United States of America

Introduction & Resource Files The official launch of IDDSI in the United States of America began May 2019. The United States IDDSI Reference Group (USIRG) would like to help guide your facility or organization through IDDSI implementation. This webpage is a living document. The USIRG continues to update resources to serve your needs as an active participant in IDDSI implementation. Thank you to those respondents of our 2021 Survey; we had well over 1,000 participants. 

Are you ready to advance through the IDDSI stages of implementation:  Aware, Prepare, and Adopt? 

The USIRG is here to help you walk through the following stages: 
  1. Advocacy Tool Kit: Getting buy-in at your facility for IDDSI
  2. Getting Started: The Implementation Process
  3. Preparing for Regulatory Surveys
  4. Tutorials and Trainings: Powerpoints & videos
  5. News You Can Use Now: Newsletters & social media links
  6. Contact Us: Reach out to the leaders of USTIRG
1. Advocacy Toolkit: Getting IDDSI Buy-in The Advocacy Toolkit provides resources to achieve “buy-in” of IDDSI from administrators and other healthcare workers. IDDSI’s mission is to improve safety across the lifespan and the continuum of care; therefore, please see references and resources on safety and choking. 
2. Getting Started: The Implementation Process Getting Started provides resources for assistance with beginning IDDSI implementation. 
3. Preparing for Regulatory Survey
4. Tutorials & Trainings All powerpoints and videos are free to be used and customized by individuals and facilities for training purposes.

PowerPoints: More PowerPoints & videos coming soon.
5. News You Can Use Now
6. Contact Us The United States IDDSI Reference Group (USIRG) was formed in November 2020.  Over 245 applications were received and many volunteers have committed to help guide, foster, advocate, facilitate and support implementation of IDDSI in the United States of America.   The USIRG work teams are:


Work Teams Leadership Contact Info
Primary Contacts/ Team Oversight John Holahan
Peter Lam
Luis Riquelme
Implementation/ Advocacy Amanda Demane
Sarah Russell
Education/ Training Carolyn Wade
Sheryl Lozicki
Communication/ Newsletters Alla Mehl
Katrina Woodward
Laura Brooks
Resource Collection/ Development Mary Casper
Mary Rybicki
Karen Sheffler
Utilization/ Guidance/ Best Practice Margaret Roche Email
Research/ Data Collection Barbara Pauloski
Jacqueline Santaroce

Learn more about these committees.
Send your questions about best practices to usa.bestpractices@iddsi.net
Contact our leaders with your ideas of what resources are needed. Share with the nation (and world) what resources have worked for you. We are all in this together nationally and globally.

  Page last updated: September 27, 2021