Inpatient Info

A registered dietitian (RD) and a dietetic technician, registered (DTR) are assigned to all inpatient nursing units at UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus and Mission Bay.  UCSF dietitians provide nutrition care according to nationally recognized standards. Our staff includes dietitians who specialize in pediatric and adult nutrition care for the patient populations served by UCSF Medical Center.  The registered dietitian provides individualized nutrition care for patients at risk for nutrition problems and those who require specialized diets, tube feedings or parenteral nutrition.  The nutrition interventions and goals are integrated with the overall goals for care.

Dietitians identify patients at risk for nutrition problems through a screening process. Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants may order a consult for nutrition assessment, enteral or parenteral feeding recommendations and for patient education.

Services provided by the registered dietitian include:

·       Nutrition assessment and development of a plan for nutrition therapy
·       Nutrition reassessment and monitoring
·       Recommendations and monitoring of enteral and parenteral nutrition
·       Assessment of nutrient and energy intake (“calorie counts”)
·       Patient and family education
·       Participation in multidisciplinary rounds and conferences
·       Education of UCSF Medical Center staff, students, house staff and UCSF dietetic interns

DTRs collect information from patients, assist patients with menu selections, calculate calorie counts, plan complex modified diets, assist the dietitian in monitoring patient food intake and provide patient education.