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Nutrition plays a vital role in the management and prevention of many illnesses. UT Southwestern Medical Center’s nutrition program offers a comprehensive assessment of nutritional needs based on your medical condition, laboratory test results, physical evaluation, and dietary history.
Our caring physicians and dietitians collaborate to help patients make dietary changes. We carefully monitor patients' progress and make recommendations as needed to help them be successful in their journey.
The nutrition team at UT Southwestern is knowledgeable in complications associated with a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions and surgical procedures, enabling us to effectively identify nutrition-related problems and plan for their provision of care.
Our nutrition team frequently attends educational sessions to provide the most up-to-date nutritional care for patients. Additionally, dietitians plan, develop, and conduct formal and informal education programs for medical and nursing staff and students on various aspects of nutrition care or wellness topics.
Together, our specialists and patients have achieved extraordinary results in using nutrition to help regain health and improve quality of life.
Nutrition Services at UT Southwestern
Registered dietitians see patients at outpatient locations across UT Southwestern, such as the Internal Medicine Subspecialties Clinic, Cancer Center clinics, and clinics for bariatric surgery and transplant surgery.
Our dietitians provide nutrition advice and therapy for the treatment and prevention of conditions such as:
We also offer pre- and post-surgery nutrition advice. We collaborate with your health care team to create a nutrition care plan specific to you.
Clements University Hospital
Nutrition Therapy and Treatment
William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital (CUH) has a team of more than 15 inpatient registered dietitians to assist patients in meeting their nutritional needs while they are admitted to the hospital.
The dietitian team coordinates and provides individualized nutrition therapy for patients with various medical conditions, partnering with other members of the health care team to develop nutrition care plans.
Our dietitians also assess the learning needs of patients and provide appropriate education as a component of the nutrition care plan. If needed, we work with an in-house interdisciplinary team to establish a nutrition support regimen of enteral or parenteral nutrition (see more detail in “Nutrition Support Team”).
CUH dietitians collaborate with the CUH Nutrition Services culinary team to communicate any specific patient preferences or accommodations to special diets as needed. Our goal is to ensure patients are receiving nourishment during their hospital stay to meet both their nutrition needs as well as their personal preferences.
Nutrition Support Team
About 25-50% of patients enter the hospital showing some signs of malnutrition. Malnutrition can lead to complications, including longer stays and intensive care unit (ICU) admissions.
Our Nutrition Support team provides specialized nutritional consultation services for high-risk patients at Clements University Hospital to help ensure patients get focused nutritional care. The team comprises certified nutrition support physicians and providers, registered dietitians, and pharmacists working together to optimize nutrition based on each patient’s specific medical condition.
The Nutrition Support team will:
- Perform a nutrition history assessment that includes past and recent appetite, food intake, weight and body composition changes, vitamin or supplement regimens, and whether anything is affecting the patient’s ability to eat (such as changes in taste or difficulty swallowing)
- Make recommendations in the setting of the patient’s active and chronic medical conditions regarding:
- Energy and protein needs
- Mineral and vitamins needs
- Fluid and electrolyte needs
- Drug-nutrient interactions
- Provide nutrition education from register dietitians, covering weight management and how to read nutrition labels, among other topics
These services are available for:
- Total parenteral nutrition patients (who receive nutrition via IV)
- Cancer patients
- Transplantation patients after surgery
- Older patients with multiple conditions
- Otherwise healthy people have gone through a complex operation or medical condition
November 18, 2020
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