Activity-Filled Malnutrition Awareness Week 2020 Organized at FV Hospital

Between the 5th to the 9th of October, Malnutrition Awareness Week ran at FV Hospital with numerous activities. The event’s objective was to share useful nutritional knowledge to help staff treat and take care of patients’ as well as their own health in their daily life.

When visiting the Nutrition & Dietetics Unit during this time, customers and staff were able to benefit from a promotional discount of up to 20% on a consultation with a nutritionist as well as a free analysis of body composition by Inbody machine.

The week was filled with a range of different activities, including a poster competition with the theme “Intervene Against Malnutrition”. The contest got a lot of attention and participation from many individuals and departments at FV Hospital with many unique posters being entered. In addition, two CME training sessions with the topics: Enteral Nutrition in Critically Ill Patients on 5th October, 2020, and Nutritional Management for Patients with Malabsorption on 6th October, 2020 were held with the speaker, Dr Nguyen Viet Quynh Thu, FV’s Head of Nutrition and Dietetics Unit. The sessions provided both doctors at FV and those further afield new and useful knowledge in the area. Moreover, FV’s staff also participated in an online workshop which had many nutrition topics from ASPEN. The training programme guided participants to software which provided menus for kids, aged 6-11 years old, with 120 menu sets and 360 dishes, all ensuring a nutritional diet. This programme helped both doctors and nurses acquire more knowledge in the setting up of meals for patients as well as for their kids at home.

Poster competition with the theme “Intervene Against Malnutrition”
Dr Nguyen Viet Quynh Thu, FV’s Head of Nutrition and Dietetics Unit presented at CME training session

Malnutrition Awareness Week provided extensive useful knowledge to take care of patients as well as help FV’s staff realize the importance of nutrition in enhancing health, improving resistance and preventing diseases.

When required, FV’s Dietetics & Nutrition Unit are always on hand to set an appropriate treatment plan. Such plans are based on the need of nutrition, tolerability and lifestyle, the medical condition of each patient, and with the goal to help them recover their health and maintain their body’s activities. In addition, the patient will have their body composition measured through using specialised Inbody equipment which determines any muscle loss, supporting doctors in planning their treatment strategy. FV’s nutritional specialists are also able to support patients through instructing them on setting appropriate meal plans, selecting food, calculating calories as well as providing knowledge about different groups of food. Additionally, FV’s nutritional experts can explain clearly to support patients to help them understand about specific diet programmes that they follow, and how to monitor them carefully.