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Date: 19 June 2021
What do nutrition nurses do?
Nutrition nurses are clinical nurse specialists with knowledge and experience in nutrition support. The team are mostly involved with patients who are unable to eat or drink normally and require special feeding tubes to receive nutrition in liquid form.
Nutrition nurses carry out the following tasks:
- assess patients for a variety of special feeding tubes
- explain to patients how tubes are inserted
- teach and support patients to look after their own tubes if they are going home with them
- teach ward staff how to look after patients with special tubes
- resolve problems with tubes
- teach ward staff to carry out screening for malnutrition
The exact amount of liquid feed needed by patients and the type of liquid feed is normally managed by a dietitian.
Nutrition Nurse Team referrals
Patients are only referred to nutrition nurses at UHB if the doctor, nurse or dietitian believes a special feeding tube is needed or if a patient is experiencing problems with an inserted feeding tube.
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