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Disciplines: Dietetics
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Leslie Bruhl Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Janet Feinstein, MS, RD/LD, CSNE
  • Janet Williams, RD, LDN, CSR
  • Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA, RDN, LDN
Item#: F5218
Contents: 1 Course Book (34 pages)

Malnutrition in the Critically Ill Patient Population

Price $39.95
Item # F5218
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: May 16, 2017

Expiration Date: May 15, 2020

Malnutrition is associated with decreased organ function, abnormal laboratory values, longer hospital stays, increased falls and pressure ulcers, and increased mortality. RDNs working with critically ill or injured patients, with diagnosis ranging from scheduled surgery to serous trauma, should take action to screen for and prevent malnutrition. Some patients may present to intensive care with malnutrition and others may present well-nourished but develop acute malnutrition. This may have significant consequences if not identified and treated early. In this course, the incidence of malnutrition in the critical care setting is discussed along with the identification of nutritional therapies to treat malnutrition and improve patient outcomes. 


This self-study activity has been pre-approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for 2 CPEU hours, Level 2

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the occurrence of malnutrition in the acute-care setting.
  • Identify the characteristics to meet diagnostic criteria of malnutrition.
  • Discuss nutrition intervention for malnutrition.
  • Identify common complications of specialized nutrition therapies.
  • Discuss strategies to prevent complications of nutrition therapies.

Leslie Bruhl Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES, is a registered dietitian who acts as the program director for the dietetic internship at North Oaks Medical Center and as the dietetics planner for Western Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in dietetics and a master’s degree in health studies from Southeastern Louisiana University. Ms. Bruhl Ballard maintains a license as a registered dietitian and as a certified health education specialist. She is also a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and maintains registration as a certified specialist in sports dietetics through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


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