NSW Health Nutrition Care Policy
The NSW Health Nutrition Care Policy sets out the NSW Health framework for a strategic and coordinated approach to nutrition care and support from admission to transfer of care.
Read the Nutrition Care Policy.
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Patient Nutrition Care Journey
- Patient Nutrition Care Journey: A guide to support implementation of the NSW Health Nutrition Care Policy
This guide is a companion document to the NSW Health Nutrition Care Policy and will enable Local Health Districts to identify key processes and tasks required to ensure patients receive appropriate food, fluids and nutritional care in NSW health facilities, from admission to transfer of care.
Patient Menu Selection
The “Patient menu selection process” is one of the first steps in providing an opportunity for adequate consumption of food and fluids. It is one of many processes that work together to ensure the right food and fluids are provided to the right person at the right time, whilst offering choice.
The key elements of a safe patient menu selection process are:
Choice – the opportunity to select from a menu
Observation and Opportunities - nutrition surveillance
Identification – of the patient and any issues to be addressed
Integration – with other health care activities
Communication and Collaboration – between staff, between patients and staff, between different services
Engagement – of patients in their care
Safe Systems – menu management, recruitment and supervision of staff, issue escalation