This presentation is designed to provide quick overview of a dietitian’s responsibilities in acute care settings. Often, the healthcare team provides confusing or unnecessary dietitian consults, or fails to understand a dietitian’s role in a multidisciplinary team. This 12-slide customizable presentation provides a general framework of our duties as inpatient dietitians and explains the benefits of including a dietitian in a team.

Slide 1 – Title

Slide 2 – Difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist. Occasionally, you may have been addressed as a nutritionist. It is important that the audience understands the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist, and the expertise provided by the former based on the training she or he has received.

Slide 3 – Dietitians do not work alone! This slide includes all the members of our team (supervisors, diet techs, interns etc)

Slide 4  and 5 – List typical diets, oral nutrition supplements and enteral nutrition formulas that are provided by a hospital. Feel free to customize based on your facility.

Slide 6 and 7 – How a dietitian provides patient care

Slide 8 – Dietitians assess malnutrition based on ASPEN criteria (adult malnutrition criteria table included)

Slide 9 -When to consult a dietitian

Slide 10 – Dietitians participate in quality measurement

Slide 11 – Importance of Dietitians in Multidisciplinary Care (includes few research bullet-points that highlight benefits of including dietitians)

Slide 12- References

Of note, text in RED is to be customized to your needs (ex: presenter names, facility name)

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