Nutrition support is the provision of nutrients via a tube placed into the stomach or small intestine or intravenously for patients who are unable to eat adequately when provided a normal diet these two types of nutrition support are called enteral nutrition and parenteral nutrition learn more . Welcome to the aspen nutrition support nurse section where nurses are passionate about providing the best evidence based nutrition care whether you are new to the section or have been here for a while we want you to feel welcome and invite you to become involved in finding the answers to your nutrition support questions. The organisation of nutrition support in hospital needs to ensure that all patients nutritional needs are met whenever possible this requires coordinated activity by catering dietetic departments and multi disciplinary nutrition support teams nsts working with all ward based nurses and care assistants. This article explores the importance of providing nutritional support for patients who are critically ill and explains the pathophysiology of nutrition in altered health states it discusses nutritional screening and assessment the various routes of nutrition administration and the nursing considerations involved in providing nutritional . Whilst providing good nutritional care is the responsibility of all members of the healthcare team nurses are at the forefront of delivering this care 24hrs a day training in nutritional support care for nurses should be available at all stages of their careers
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