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RDs provide skilled nutritional facts 

In 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
Dietetic Intern
More than 50 percent of newly admitted MUSC patients are identified as nutrition risks and benefit from the expertise of a registered dietitian.
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 team.
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

Friday, March 5, 2010

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