Blood tests are a fundamental part of dietetic input because it is the only way to know for certain what is going on inside someone’s body.  After any type of traumatic injury and/or major surgery, malnutrition affects about 59% of clients.1  This is partly due to the inflammation and catabolism induced by the trauma or […]
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  If your clients are scheduled for elective surgery, have you already screened them for malnutrition?   NICE guidelines for Perioperative Care in Adults, state that nutritional screening should be completed for everyone having intermediate or major/complex surgery. 1  Improving someone’s nutritional status before and after surgery is a modifiable risk factor associated with improved […]
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  Nonunion, referring to a broken bone which shows no evidence of healing within a specific time frame, is a massive deterrent to rehab and recovery after a complex orthopaedic trauma.  There are several contributing factors to nonunion, such as infection, poor blood supply, the type of fracture (e.g. open fractures) and the energy force […]
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  Have YOU used a recipe delivery box?  Clients and support staff have been asking us about recipe delivery boxes, and are wondering if they are a healthier alternative to ready meals and take aways.  That’s why the team at Specialist Nutrition Rehab have tried boxes from the three most popular companies – Hello Fresh, […]
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  Please join us for one or more of the following live webinars designed specifically for case managers, solicitors and allied health professionals. Click on the hyperlink to sign up and for more details on each event.     2nd February 2024 – Improving rehabilitation outcomes…is food and nutrition the missing link 8th March 2024 – Nonunion, […]
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Overactive bladder and/or urinary incontinence, are common problems after a brain injury and spinal cord injury.  Approximately 63% of people with a brain injury and 70-84% of people with a spinal cord injury, struggle with one or both of these conditions. 1, 2, 3  Bladder dysfunction can also occur in 11-40% of the general population, […]
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  Monitoring a client’s weight regularly (e.g. monthly) after a catastrophic injury is essential.  Clients are often discharged from hospital and rehabilitation settings weighing significantly less than their “pre-injury” weight.  This is due to drastic changes to muscle mass (as a result of inflammation, immobility and insufficient protein intake) and/or frequent periods of being “nil […]
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Do you have an underweight client struggling to eat more due to chronic nausea, vomiting, reflux, bloating or abdominal pain?  Do they feel full after consuming only a small amount of food or report constantly feeling full?  If yes to any of the above, you should have them tested for delayed gastric (stomach) emptying. Delayed […]
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Up to 66 – 73% of adults with a spinal cord injury are overweight and 30 – 45% are obese. 1, 2  These rates are almost double what is found in the general UK population, where 38% of adults are overweight and 26% are obese.3  Why the difference?   Body composition changes after a spinal […]
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  Abdominal pain is one of the most common gastrointestinal symptoms, with 22-25% of the general population suffering with it at any given point in time.1 Diagnosis can be tricky (especially if the abdominal pain is intermittent or symptoms are vague), because there are so many different conditions which can cause abdominal pain. The top […]
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