Nutritional deficits have long been recognized as contributing factors to morbidity and mortality of hospitalized patients. A multi-disciplinary team approach to nutritional support has been shown to be superior to non-team approaches. A formal consultive nutritional support team has been active at St. Dominic Hospital since 1991. The benefits of our nutritional support team at St. Dominic Hospital are described. Acquisition of an Indirect calorimeter has improved measurements of caloric and substrate requirements. Individualized nutritional prescriptions more closely meet assessed patient needs. Utilization of less expensive, more physiologic enteral feeding routes have increased. Also, the number of total parenteral nutrition (TPN) bags admixed and wasted have decreased, despite an increase in the percent of patients with moderate to severe nutritional risk. The nutritional support service at St. Dominic Hospital has improved patient care while reducing cost to both the institutional and patient.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1995|