How to manage the pediatric nutritional support team: Updates

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Abstract

Pediatric patients in hospital are at risk of malnutrition at admission and even during their hospitalization. Although the concept of nutritional support team (NST) was introduced to hospitals for optimal nutritional care since 1960s and the benefits of pediatric NST have been proven by many studies and reports in terms of patient clinical outcome and cost saving, the pediatric NST is not widespread yet. The pediatric NST composed of pediatricians, dieticians, pharmacist, and nutrition support nurses as core members dedicated to nutritional care in children should be independent of central NST or other disciplines, but closely cooperate with other teams in hospitals. There is no doubt that a multidisciplinary NST is an effective way to provide appropriate nutritional support to an individual patient. Therefore, the implementation of the pediatric NST in hospitals should be recommended to provide optimum nutritional support including enteral tube feeding and parenteral nutrition and to assess pediatric patients at risk of malnutrition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Child
  • Malnutrition
  • Nutritional care
  • Nutritional support team
  • Pediatrician

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