Insights

  • NUTRIC scoring made easy
    Calculate the GCS
  • Drug Co-administration with enteral feeds
    Don’t rush to crush When patients have enteral feeding tubes in place it is often considered convenient to use the tube to give medications. However, co-administration of drugs in this way to patients receiving enteral nutrition can be problematic for several reasons. Manipulating the physical…
  • Prescribing Rights for Dietitians
    Plans are underway to introduce prescribing rights for dietitians in South Africa – something eagerly awaited by clinical dietitians, especially those in hospital-based practice. Currently, dietitians are at liberty to prescribe products which are unscheduled (schedule 0), which includes macronutrient modules, oral nutrition supplements, enteral…
  • Calculating lipids from propofol
    Calculating the Medical Nutrition Therapy prescription in the ICU should incorporate consideration of all contributors to macronutrients and calories. This includes the IV propofol used for sedation. Understanding propofol formulation Propofol may be delivered as a 1% (10mg/ml) or 2% (20mg/ml) formulation, both of which…