Clinical-nutrition-teamWhen a HUP patient is identified as malnourished or at nutrition risk on admission, Clinical Nutrition Support Services is called on to intervene.  “Proper nourishment has an impact on patient outcomes,” said Lauren Hudson, MS, RD, LDN, program director. “Identifying patients that need specialized nutrition support therapy [parenteral and enteral nutrition] and initiating those therapies early is important to prevent and heal wounds, fight infection and impact recovery.”

Recent recognition as an inaugural winner of the Clinical Nutrition Team of Distinction Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) further highlights the strong role Clinical Nutrition Support Services plays in patient care at HUP.  The award confirms the team’s active involvement in ASPEN, use of national guidelines in clinical practice, and its commitment to evidence- based practice.

This interdisciplinary team performs about 36,000 patient interventions each year and receives about 850 consults each month. Team members include registered dietitians, clinical nurse specialists in nutrition support, a pharmacy specialist in nutrition support, and a dietetic technician, with physician support from the Department of Medicine. They provide clinical nutrition care for inpatients at HUP and Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse as well as patients benefiting from the group’s Home Parenteral Nutrition Support Program.

HUP has a long history of cutting-edge nutrition care.  Jonathan E. Rhoads, MD, and his team invented intravenous nutrition, or TPN, in 1966. Ten years later, HUP had one of the first nutrition support teams in the United States.

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