THE INDORE chapter of Indian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ISPEN) — to encourage research, education and exchange of information in the field of clinical nutrition, especially parenteral (intravenous nutrition) and enteral nutrition (through mouth) support — would be inaugurated here on Sunday.
“We seek to establish a platform for the trained dieticians/nutritionists in Indore and increase awareness amongst doctors and hospitals to have a dietician on roll (or as a consultant) not just for heart or diabetic problems but for the whole spectrum of diseases,” clinical nutritionist and incumbent secretary of the Indore chapter of ISPEN Padmaja Joshi told media persons on Friday.
The installation ceremony would be held at Hotel Crown Prince on Sunday wherein Dr C S Chamania (senior surgeon) already designated, as the president of the Indore chapter of ISPEN will take charge.
The society also has surgeons and doctors as members apart from dieticians. Dr Varsha, clinical nutritionist, and Dr Shanmuga Bhaskar, clinical transplant surgeon, both from Chennai would be present for the inaugural function for which senior paediatrician from the City Dr Savita Inamdar would be the chief guest. A symposium on “Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition” would also be organised on the occasion.
“There needs to be an increase in awareness amongst the doctors, hospitals and also the patients about proper food intake for fast recovery of any disease, be it something like burn injury or even chikungunya,” Joshi said adding, “Any treatment would yield better outcome if the food pattern for the patient is followed as per suggestions by a qualified dietician or a nutritionist. This also helps in overall cost and saves man hours as the patient gets to go home fast following quick recovery.”
Citing an example of how proper planner diet helps in faster recovery, ISPEN’s treasurer-designate Dr Rashmi Shrivastava said, “a few years ago, a 30-year-old youth was admitted to a local hospital with severe head injury. He was in a coma-like condition for three months and also had bedsores. He was being tube fed with milk and coconut water etc. His requirement was double than the normal intake for recovery and here he was being given not even the normal diet. The doctors had almost lost hope.”
“After a proper food plan was drawn for him as per nutritional requirement, he was given regular food items, albeit in paste/liquid form, in sufficient quantities. The youth was alright, and walked out after just two months and he had no bedsores too by that time,” she added.