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Nutrition and burns

20 Aug, 2019

Medical nutrition therapy is an essential component of multidisciplinary management of burns patients

Tuesday August 20, 2019

Learning objectives:

1. Define the common demographics of burns patients

2. Explain how a burn is defined

3. Describe how nutrition impacts burn patient recovery

4. Outline the pathophysiology of a major burn with respect to:

  • hypermetabolism
  • carbohydrate
  • protein
  • fat
  • vitamins/minerals

5. Identify the nutritional needs of patients with <20% burns

6. Explain the dietetic and patient-centred goals

7. Outline nutritional assessment of the burns patient

8. Summarise interventions: enteral feeding/ diet/ protein/ CHO/ Vitamin goals. Identify unique considerations when managing burns patients

9. Identify the special challenges of the obese patient

10. Describe how to monitor the effectiveness of nutrition support


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About the Presenter

Michelle is the Senior Dietitian for the State Adult Burns Unit, at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Clinical Science through the University of Adelaide which involves a systematic review of perioperative enteral feeding in burns patients. Michelle has presented at the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association conference, and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Burns Dietitian Discussion Group.

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