What service(s) do you provide?
- Screening all patients within 24 hours of admission for nutritional risk
- Nutritional assessment and care plan development for patients at nutritional risk
- Nutrition education of patients and families/caregivers on special and/or restricted diets and behavior modification for disease management or prevention. Online Nutrition Care for You patient education materials.
- Recommendations for enteral (tube feeding and oral supplementation) and parenteral nutrition support
- Diet explanation and menu selection assistance by nutrition technicians as needed for room service meal delivery system. Individualize selections according to modified diet, food allergies, food preferences, age specific needs, as well as cultural, religious, and ethnic concerns
- Evaluate adequacy of nutritional intake, nutrition status and progress during hospitalization
- Calorie and nutrient analysis of dietary intake
- Monitoring the patient on a regular basis to ensure that the care plan is appropriate and implemented as prescribed
- Post discharge follow-up and clinic referrals for modified diet management of chronic disease or healthy meal plans for disease management
When is it appropriate to initiate a referral to your service?
- Any time a patient’s nutrition is compromised
- Physician order for enteral or parenteral nutrition
- Discharge diet education
- Patient request for nutrition consultation
- Poor appetite or inadequate food intake for several days. Intolerance to tube feeding or TNA. NPO/clear liquids for three or more days.
- Nutrition risk criteria identified on admission through health summary
- Drug nutrient interaction counseling
- Need for home nutrition services – nutrition products, equipment, supplies, and services – for patients discharged on pump or gravity- administered tube feedings or oral nutrition supplements.
- Outpatient nutrition counseling
Who can initiate a referral?
- Nurse or other health care team member
- Patient and/or family member
What hours are you available?
- Clinical nutritionists, nutrition technicians, and/or dietetic interns are available from 6:30am–7pm weekdays; 7am–6pm weekends and holidays.
- Available after hours for urgent needs through the paging operator at 262-2122.
- Outpatient nutrition appointments may be made at any of these UWHC locations:
- UW Health West Clinic – 262-9181
- East Clinic – 265-7405
- University Station – 263-4360
How do we reach you?
- Leave message with the diet office at 265-0202 or page through the paging operator at 262-2122. Clinical Nutrition Services Administration can be reached at 263-8230.
- Patients are served meals based on a physician’s diet order, using room service from 6:30am–9pm. Patients make their selections by calling 265-0202. Meal is delivered within 45 minutes after the order is placed or desired delivery time.
Is there a separate fee added to the patient's bill for your service(s)?
What is your response time?
- Every patient is screened for nutritional risk within 24 hours of admission.
- If the patient is determined to be at risk, a timely assessment will follow.
- Nutrition consults or referrals are completed within 24 hours.
- Nutrition education initiated as soon as need identified.
Clinical Nutrition Services at UWHC
Health and Nutrition Facts For You
Nutrition Care Manual