Nutrition assessment is the cornerstone of the dietetics profession. It is the foundation for all nutrition recommendations and treatment plans. It establishes an appropriate nutritional regimen to support the well-being of individuals cared for by a healthcare provider. There has been a radical shift in how dietitians and dietetic technicians perform a nutrition assessment, and registered dietitians must keep skills current. No longer relying on non-specific lab values, dietetic professionals must use other methods to assess patients’ health status and then use the Nutrition Care Process to design individualized care and follow-up based on the assessment findings. Dietetic practitioners are only as good as their assessment skills, and this course will help RDs develop a good foundation in nutrition assessment.
The goal of this nutrition assessment continuing education course is to provide a comprehensive look at the process of nutrition assessment and its components, with a special focus on hospitalized adults and malnutrition. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe in detail each component of the nutrition assessment
- Define and identify the different types of malnutrition
- Identify the components involved in obtaining a diet history and in the evaluation of a medical/surgical history
- Understand the physical symptoms of protein-calorie and vitamin/mineral malnutrition
- List the different types of anthropometrics and body composition studies
- Describe the components of the Subjective Global Assessment (SGA)
- Explain the relationships between nutritional status and various laboratory data
- Understand acid-base balance and its importance in assessing the appropriateness of nutrition support
- List and explain use of various protein status indicators in nutrition assessment
- Describe various means by which nutritional requirements can be determined and be able to calculate the needs of healthy people as well as acutely and chronically ill patients
- List the laboratory tests that should be used in the nutritional assessment of patients diagnosed with stress and sepsis, cancer, liver disease, pulmonary disease, and diabetes
- Understand the changes in nutrition assessment and evaluation of nutrition requirements in the patient with chronic or acute disease
- List and explain the metabolic and physiologic changes that occur with aging
- Discuss how the nutrition assessment of elderly patients and pediatric patients differs from that of younger patients
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The course is intended for nutrition professionals
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3010, 3020, 3030, 3040, 3060, 3080, 3090 and performance indicators of 4.1.2, 4.2.7, 8.3.7, 10.1.1, 10.1.2, 10.2.3, 10.2.4
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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