|RDs provide skilled nutritional facts
honor of National Nutrition Day, March 10, registered dietitians will
be available to answer questions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10 in the
Ashley River Tower lobby.
by Johanna Brandon
More than 50 percent of newly admitted MUSC patients are identified as
nutrition risks and benefit from the expertise of a registered
Under the management of gastroenterologist Mark DeLegge, M.D.,
inpatient MUSC dietitians’ nutrition support team functions as a vital
part of the multidisciplinary care. The clinical dietitians assess and
evaluate patients at nutritional risk, providing nutritional
recommendations, education, and nutritional support. The dietitians
play a vital role in maintaining and improving the nutrition status of
patients. In a study published by the American Dietetic Association,
management by a nutrition support team resulted in reductions in
mortality rate, length of hospital stay, readmission rate, and
complications compared with management by a non-team group. A benefit
of $4.20 was realized for every $1 invested in the nutrition support
Likewise, MUSC outpatient dietitians work closely with physicians and
other health care professionals to provide diet and lifestyle
education, medical nutrition therapy, and individualized counseling for
a variety of patient populations. Results from the collective analysis
of 2008-2009 Sodexo Medical Nutrition Therapy Outcomes indicate that
patients who received follow-up education from a registered dietitian
lost an average of 2.68 pounds, as well as experienced a significant
decrease in their body mass index and hemoglobin A1C levels.
Each clinical dietitian has a bachelor of science degree in nutrition
and has completed a dietetic internship program to become both
registered and licensed in South Carolina. Dietitians managing
specialty patients have also received additional certifications in
diabetes education and nutrition support.
For information on registered dietitians, visit http://www.muschealth.com/nutrition/index.htm.
Friday, March 5, 2010