Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Nov 2011


General diet - no hot fluids

This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.

Aim

To provide a nutritionally adequate diet with a variety of foods for patients able to eat normally but unable to be sent hot fluids because of concerns about spillage.

Characteristics

Hot beverages and soups are excluded.

Indications

  • patients with hand tremor or hemiplegia at risk of spilling drinks
  • patients with mouth wounds, ulcers or prone to nose bleeds
  • patients with burning mouth syndrome
  • some children’s wards and aged care units.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate.

Precautions

An alternative beverage to tea and coffee is to be available at each meal and mid-meal.

Paediatrics

Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.

Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishesAll-
Sauces, graviesAll -
Starchy vegetables / pasta / riceAll -
VegetablesAll-
Soups-All
SandwichesAll-
Salads, dressingsAll-
Breads, cerealsAll -
SpreadsAll-
Hot breakfast choicesAll -
FruitAll-
YoghurtAll-
DessertsAll-
Milk and cheeseAll -
BeveragesMilk, cordial, juice, iced coffee, iced teaHot beverages (e.g. tea, coffee)
BiscuitsAll-
MiscellaneousAll -

References

  1. Cerchiari DP, de Moricz RD, Sanjar FA, Rapoport PB, Moretti G, Geurra MM. Burning mouth syndrome: etiology. Revista Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia 2006;72(3);419-24.
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