Nutrition support is the provision of nutrients via a tube placed into the stomach or small intestine or intravenously for patients who are unable to eat adequately when provided a normal diet these two types of nutrition support are called enteral nutrition and parenteral nutrition learn more . 32 nutrition support in the community all healthcare professionals should try to ensure that coordinated nutritional care is provided for patients with or at risk of malnutrition in the communitya multi disciplinary community nutrition team approach is valuable comprising dietitians district nurses and care home staff with other allied healthcare professionals such as speech and . The nutrition support team dietitian and the department of nutrition and dietetics the nutrition support team pharmacist and the pharmacy catering services ward nurses patients primary medical team malnutrition an evidence based approach to treatment4 the british society of. The teams operational focus is the safe provision of artificial nutrition but it also has a wider educational remit it 1 maintains itself as the principal source of evidence based information about nutritional assessment and support. With the development of specialized nutrition support an interdisciplinary approach was essential to translating this medical breakthrough from the laboratory to the bedside as this new innovation was adopted interdisciplinary nutrition support teams were created to optimize the effectiveness and safety of this therapy the impact of standardization and the use of an interdisciplinary team
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