Department of Dietetics and Nutrition

Overview:

Nutrition is directly related to diet and health. It involves metabolic and physiological responses of the human body to the diet they consume. It has the power to solve the negative health aspects like deficiencies, excesses and imbalances through proper and a well-balanced diet. In this era of a sedentary lifestyle, holistic nutrition in the form of a therapeutic diet has taken a back seat, with many of us often resorting to consumption of junk and fast foods.

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of Prathima Hospitals strives to encourage good nutritional practices by offering nutritional assessment along with dietary advice, which helps in the all-round recovery of the patient.

Prathima ensures optimum nutrition for patients undergoing or recovering through various treatments. Dietary intervention can improve tolerance to various medical procedures, in addition to improving quality of life. This service is available to both inpatients and outpatients. Clinical Nutritionists assess the nutritional status of patients, calculate individual nutritional requirements and design a plan of care to meet these nutritional requirements and educate families on health, promoting diets or nutritional support.

List of services offered:

Good nutrition is a key component of recovery from surgery or illness; as a result of which the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition provides nutrition care, advice and education to patients while they are in the hospital and post-discharge. Our dieticians work with the patients’ medical team, providing valuable information regarding appropriate nutrition care. They may also educate patients in nutrient modifications prescribed by the patients’ physician. Nutrition and food service staff helps patients select their daily menu and deliver meals as per patients’ convenience.

Nutrition experts’ also focus on educating the general public with the management of specific dietary needs in many different areas, including cardiac care, diabetes, childhood and adult obesity.