Adult Inpatient Dietitians assess patients identified with the following nutritional risk factors:
A team of 10 Registered Dietitians (RDs) cover the 650 bed hospital system which includes Charleston County, Ashley River Tower, Institute of Psychiatry, and MUSC. Each dietitian is registered and licensed in the state of South Carolina. Many of our inpatient dietitians have also received an additional certification in nutrition support (CNSD), or Diabetes education (CDE).
Approximately 6% 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 is a team of clinical experts, including a dietitian, specialized in diabetes management and dealing with its complications.
The NST, under the direction of Dr. Mark DeLegge, consists of a Registered Dietitian, Pharm D, and a Physician Assistant. This team provides an inpatient consult service concentrating on parenteral and enteral nutrition. As part of the NST, Inpatient RDs meet with Dr. Delegge daily to discuss patients on parenteral nutrition. The E-Journal club was also created for NST members to review and discuss articles dealing with nutrition support, in order to stay abreast with the latest information.