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Nutrition in TBI


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A Summary of our 2nd Head Injury Support Group Session on 9 June 2018 at Tan Tock Seng Hospital by Nutritionist

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Nutrition in TBI

  1. 1. Acute Phase • Hyper-catabolic state (i.e. increased nutritional requirements) • Different feeding routes – tube feeding vs modified consistency diet • Goal - adequate nutrition to support and prevent malnutrition Rehabilitation Phase • Recovery and transition from non-oral to oral feeding • Rehabilitation for diet consistency upgrade • Goal - adequate nutrition to support and prevent malnutrition • Healthy eating principle Post TBI • Healthy eating principle Journey of TBI
  2. 2. Shared by: Dietitian Chng Pey Ling Tan Tock Seng Hospital Nutrition in TBI
  3. 3. Balanced Diet Source: Health Promotion Board
  4. 4. When to seek dietitian advice • Simple nutritional screening can be done at home before referring to dietitian for a full assessment and intervention • Weight as indicator – risk of malnutrition • Weight loss >5% in 1 month (significant weight loss) • Weight loss >5% in 3-6 months • Weight loss >10% in 6 months (significant weight loss) • Flag out to doctor for dietitian referral if necessary
  5. 5. Where to find more information • Health Promotion Board (HPB) website • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website • Hospital website • Tan Tock Seng Hospital -  Patient Guide  Department and Centers  Nutrition and Dietetics (under AHPs)