Hospital Care

 

Background

Dietitians are valued members of the health team at every level of the health system – municipal, provincial and federal. Whether it is helping a client cope with diabetes, cancer or heart disease or preparing for or recovering from surgery, or making sure foods served in hospitals are safe and healthy, dietitians bring a unique set of skills and expertise that make the difference.

Position

Dietitians of Canada supports access by all Canadians to the right services by the right professional, at the right time, to address health needs. This means having access to a dietitian to oversee the nutrition care process and the hospital food services

The nutrition care process involves four steps:

  • Assessment
  • Nutrition diagnosis
  • Intervention and
  • Monitoring

It is critical that there is standardization of the nutrition care process, the terms and definitions used, as well as record keeping. Dietitians across Canada have worked together to do just that.

Actions

Dietitians of Canada supported bringing dietitian experts together to develop the Canadian Perspective on the Nutrition Care Process. Dietitians of Canada also supports Canadian Malnutrition Week in the last week of September and promotes use of the materials posted at the website of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (CMTF), as well as other resources listed below.  

Resources

 

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Canadian Malnutrition Week
Dietitians of Canada supports Canadian Malnutrition Week in the last week of September

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Subjective Global Assessment (SGA)
Instructional DVD for health professionals - updated in 2015.

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