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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, states 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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If your clients have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, are their blood glucose levels well managed?  How do you know? Just because someone is under the care of a GP or diabetes team, does not guarantee that the person’s blood glucose levels are well managed.  Sometimes advice isn’t adhered to and/or appointments get missed.  […]
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  If you have a client with a Grade 3 or Grade 4 pressure injury and/or other wound which is slow to heal, have they ever been reviewed by a dietitian? This may sound like an unusual or surprising suggestion, but there is a massive link between someone’s nutritional status and their body’s ability to […]
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There are three ways to listen to our podcast “The role of a dietitian in injury and rehabilitation — an underused resource” (part of their Wider Issues in Catastrophic Injury series) Click on the links below: Timestamp/Outline 00:02 Introduction  05:09 Role of nutrition & dietitian in rehabilitation  12:27 Muscle mass & muscle loss; protein requirements  […]
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Antiseizure medication (sometimes also called antiepileptic or anticonvulsant medication) is commonly prescribed to people after a traumatic injury.  This medication is sometimes used to manage seizures/ epilepsy, but can also be prescribed for other conditions, such as neuropathic pain and/or mood disorders. Commonly prescribed varieties include carbamazepine, lamotrigine, levetiracetam, sodium valproate, pregabalin and gabapentin. Antiseizure […]
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When people are recovering from a major trauma or injury, they have the highest nutritional needs of virtually any other time in their adult life.  However, this is often the time when these clients find themselves struggling to prepare healthy food.  Food preparation becomes challenging when someone is fatigued, they have multiple physical difficulties (such […]
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  When trying to lose weight, most people are looking for a quick and easy way to achieve this goal.  While the foundation of every weight loss program includes eating fewer calories and doing more physical activity (to burn more calories), sometimes people struggle to lose weight even when they are already doing both of […]
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  The fatigue that affects 20-80% of people after a brain injury (often called neuro-fatigue), is different from “ordinary” fatigue because it is often unrelated to levels of exertion and doesn’t improve even when someone rests.1, 2  The persistent nature of post-injury fatigue means it can negatively affect quality of life and pose a barrier […]
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  Our article was recently published in the NR Times and is reprinted here with their permission.   After a major trauma or injury, the importance of nutrition is not usually the first thing most health professionals think about.   However, in the absence of adequate nutrition, rehab and recovery will be significantly impaired.  The protein, […]
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Memory issues, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping…these are common complaints after a brain injury which are often attributed to the brain injury itself.  However, these identical symptoms can also be associated with reduced oestrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone levels in women, from either naturally-occurring menopause, or changes to the hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis following a traumatic brain injury.1, […]
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