Idea Description
Supplementary Information
Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
People living with dysphagia - swallowing difficulty - need drinks that flow slowly.
We are to help them make SlõDrinks for all their healthcare needs.
Overview of Innovation:
For people with dysphagia, ordinary drinks like you and I have flow to fast for them to cope with.
As a result they choke when they drink, which can lead to aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition and readmission.

To prevent this they must make all their drinks flow slowly and at specific speeds. This is done by adding thickener using a scoop. However, it is very difficult to add the right amount with a scoop and make every drinks safe to swallow.

We have therefore taken all the drinks someone could need or want, calculated the amount required and put that in a sachet. Then sachet contents are simply mixed with the volume of liquid we specify to change drinks for hydration into Slõ Juice, Slõ Tea or Slõ Fizzy. Drinks for medication such as soluble laxatives into Slõ Solulax and drinks for relaxing with into Slõ Wine, Slõ Beer and Slõ Cider.

Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) are different.

Powdered and ready to drink ONS are difficult to impossible to thicken safely with starch and gum thickeners. Consequently, health care professionals prefer to reduce risks by prescribing Fresubin and Nutilis Complete pre-thickened ready-to-drink ONS.

They cost £2.20 each and the NHS spent £4,500,000 on them over the last year.

The innovation I want to introduce to your CCG's is an alternative which provide all the safety of a ready to drink ONS for the price of a powdered one. Called Slõ Milkshakes+ they are the 1st pre-thickened and powdered protein rich ONS on prescription.

Costing 84p each, they provide a saving per prescription of £ 80+ per month or £ 900+ per patient
per year. If Slõ Milkshakes+ were used during the same period they would have saved a massive
£ 2,800,000.

They also provide huge environmental savings. Slõ Milkshakes+ are presented in powder form in sachets. Not using single use plastic bottles, dramatically reduces the CO2 impact of manufacture, delivery and recycling. Our sachets can even be incinerated and used in energy recovery plan.

Just as importantly, Slõ Milkshakes+ are drinkable. Made with whole milk from the fridge, they taste fresh, do not taste too sweet or have a metallic aftertaste. Ultimately, that makes it easier gain compliance and maintain patient’s oral nutritional intake.

It’s for all these reasons they are being added to Formularies across the UK and why I want to introduce Slõ Milkshakes+ with the aim of introducing your CCG’s to
Slõ Milkshakes+.

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Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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