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Adult Inpatient Nutrition Services

Adult Inpatient Dietitians assess patients identified with the following nutritional risk factors:

  • Unintentional weight loss, reduced oral intake
  • Enteral or Parenteral nutrition-dependent patients
  • BMI < 18.5
  • Large or nonhealing wound, burn, or pressure ulcer
  • Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing
  • New onset diabetes
  • Malnutrition
  • New Transplant (kidney, liver, heart, lung)
  • Ventilator-dependent ICU patients
  • Provide nutritional recommendations and/or education on an as-needed basis
  • Determine the need for nutrition support as part of the Nutrition Support Team

team of 10 Registered Dietitians (RDs) cover the 750 bed hospital system which includes University Hospital, Ashley River Tower, and the Institute of Psychiatry. Each dietitian is registered and licensed in the state of South Carolina. Many of our inpatient dietitians have also received an additional certification as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) or a Certified Specialist in Oncology (CSO).

Diabetes Management Servicedietitian checking blood sugar

Approximately 9.4% of the total US population has diabetes. Per capita, South Carolina has the second highest number of people with diabetes in the country. The Diabetes Management Service (DMS) at MUSC Health is a team of clinical experts, including a dietitian, specialized in diabetes management and dealing with its complications.

Nutrition Support Team

The Nutrition Support Team (NST), under the direction of Dr. John Maxwell, provides an inpatient consult service concentrating on parenteral and enteral nutrition. As part of the NST, Inpatient RDs meet with Dr. Maxwell weekly to discuss patients on parenteral nutrition and to ensure appropriateness of the feeding regimen and to increase the overall knowledge and development of the team.