The Role of the Inpatient Clinical Dietitian

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Inpatient clinical dietitians at Lutheran Hospital play a vital role in the healthcare team by providing nutritional care to patients in various disease states and conditions. Compromised nutrition in a hospital setting can lead to slow healing and recovery and may extend hospital stays.

Clinical dietitians monitor, assess, and optimize nutrition status based on the patient's current medical condition and/or nutrition adequacy. They confer with physicians and other healthcare professionals to coordinate medical and nutritional needs, and they make recommendations for tube and intravenous feedings and/or dietary supplements. Clinical dietitians teach patients how to make nutritionally sound food choices to speed the recovery process, prevent disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle.