Department of Dietetics & Nutrition
All of us realize the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. But getting the best and most accurate information isn’t always easy. Dietitians at Simhapuri Hospitals are here to assist you in your search for answers. Dietitians are experienced, qualified Food and Nutrition experts who are committed to helping you to enjoy a healthy life.
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive health care. Individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses can improve their health and quality of life by receiving medical nutrition therapy. During an MNT intervention for in-patients and out-patients, Dietitians counsel patients on behavioral and lifestyle changes required to impact long-term eating habits and health.
Medical Nutrition Therapy includes:
- Performing a comprehensive nutrition assessment determining the nutrition diagnosis.
- Planning and implementing a nutrition intervention using evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines.
- Monitoring and evaluating an individual’s progress over subsequent visits with the dietitians
Dietitians provide MNT and other nutrition services for a variety of diseases and conditions including:
- Cardiovascular Diseases: hypertension, dyslipidemia, congestive heart failure, CABG/PTCA
- Diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, Gestational
- Disease Prevention: general wellness
- Trauma: burns, minor and major accidents, surgical patients
- GI Disorders: celiac disease, cirrhosis and other liver related disorders, Crohn’s disease, pancreatitis
- Immuno-compromise: food allergy, HIV/AIDS
- Nutritional Support: oral, enteral, parenteral
- Pediatrics: infant/child feeding, failure-to-thrive, inborn errors of metabolism
- Pulmonary Disease: COPD
- Renal Disease: insufficiency, chronic failure, transplantation
- Weight Management: overweight/obesity, bariatric surgery, eating disorders
- Women’s Health: pregnancy, osteoporosis, anemia
Nutrition Care Planning:
- Nutrition-related problems and needs are identified in the nutrition assessment by the nutrition professionals.
- The nutrition professional identifies goals and approaches to nutrition-related problems and needs. Goals and approaches are individualized, specific, measurable, and time referenced.
- The nutrition professional records nutrition-related care plans on the designated charting form, completes the nutritional care plan, and reviews all initial nutrition care plans. Nutrition care plans are maintained by the nutrition professional and other care plan team members.
- The nutrition professionals attend to each of the in-patients and out-patients. Nutrition-related problems and needs, as well as goals and approaches, are communicated to the patient and their attendees for integration into the overall care plan. The results of the nutrition assessment are discussed at the care plan meeting. The care plan is prepared by an interdisciplinary team.
- The nutrition care plan is reviewed and/or updated when a significant change in a nutrition-related condition occurs. When necessary, recommendations to change the overall care plan are made. Changes are dated and signed by the person making the change.
- The nutrition professional implements any changes made to the overall care plan in the Nutritional Services Department, such as changing diet-order lists, etc.
- Nutrition-related problems and needs, goals and approaches, and monitoring techniques are documented.
- The nutrition-related services provided to the patient as per the comprehensive care plan meet professional standards of quality and are provided by qualified persons.