Care on the General Medical Ward
When should we consider admission to a medical ward?
How do we assess physical risk in a patient with severe malnutrition?
What is the role of the medical unit in the management of the severely ill patient?
How can we safely manage the potentially fatal complication of refeeding syndrome?
When is nasogastric feeding required and how can it be conducted safely?
How can the patient’s anorexic behaviour be contained, to prevent or heal any splitting and low morale among staff?
What are the risks and problems of transition to further care?
is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the Eden Unit, with a special interest in nutrition and eating disorders.
Rebecca McKay is a Specialist Doctor in Gastroenterology, with an interest in nutrition and eating disorders, at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust, Leeds, UK.
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