Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition department is capable of reducing patient expenses, by ensuring lesser days of stay in hospital, thus reducing chances of nosocomial infections to a great extent. For hospitals, it ensures that ALOS is brought down, which is a major quality indicator.
Over the years, modern Science and Medicine has suggested that Nutrition & Dietetics plays a very crucial role in the recovery of a hospitalized person. It aids to a faster recovery of a convalescing patient after surgical or medical management is executed.
A Clinical Nutritionist does an accurate therapeutic nutritional analysis of the patient to target the nutritional deficiency which may have been caused because of illness or trauma and then prescribes a customized nutritionally balanced diet to help in the speedy recovery of the patient.
A Clinical Nutritionist also counsels and motivates healthy people to have lifestyle issues such as Obesity or Underweight or even Malnutrition by prescribing diet as per the BMI index Sex Age and Height.
Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics in Nepal Mediciti has 2 broad functions.
1. IPD Nutrition & Dietary Management (In Patients)
2. OPD Nutrition & Dietary Management (OPD Patients)
IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITIONIST FOR HOSPITALISED PATIENTS:
To provide adequate and appropriate nutrition to the patients.
To assess food intake of patients and to motive them to eat healthy.
To disseminate the nutrition knowledge to the patients through discussions, lectures and diet charts.
To ensure quality food is served to the patients in terms of colors, choice, variety etc. to promote highest level of physical and mental health.
To meet all the patients, assess and plan the diet according to food habit, food allergy/ intolerances, biomedical parameter & disease condition.
To provide well balanced diet by including all food groups in proper proportion with proper interval of time to avoid nutritional deficiencies.
Maintain good interpersonal relation between the patients and the staff.
To sensitize the kitchen personnel to nutrition, health, hygiene and sanitation so that the food products being developed are conductive to good health.
Scope: Clinical Nutrition Department deals with major 2 areas.
IPD Nutrition & Diet Management in Nepal Mediciti includes daily visit to all wards including ICU's, CCU in order to access the nutrition requirements, intake and then close the gap if any, so as to ensure faster recovery. This helps to reduce number of days of stay in ICU and also in hospital.
For ICU/CCU patients, especially NIL BY MOUTH, ensuring the appropriate density and consistency of food offered to patients.
OPD Nutrition & Diet Management in Nepal Mediciti includes 1 on 1 Therapeutic Diet Counselling, solve all diet related queries, Customized Diet plans & also provides Body composition analysis chart which helps in weight management.
Onco Day Care: Daily rounds in Onco day care to give Diet counselling to Onco patients as per their specific needs and challenges to overcome nutritional deficiencies.
Clinical Nutritionist are well qualified to plan the diet in below mentioned specific areas:
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pre-operative & Post -Operative Conditions
Diet for ICU (Critically ill patients)
Road Traffic Accident, Ortho patients or any patient with especial needs.
High Uric Acid
Low vitamin k Diet
High Protein, Calcium rich.