Assessment

Nutrition Focused Assessment

Infants and children at greater nutrition risk due to the above conditions will receive a complete nutrition assessment by the PICU nutritionist to include the following:

  1. Past medical history as it impacts nutritional status and outcomes
  2. Anthropometric measures: weight, length, head circumference (for children < 3 years of age)
  3. Dietary intake history: as available from parents or primary caretakers, history of feeding problems, loss of appetite, recent weight loss
  4. Laboratory values: Basic Metabolic Panel, Hepatic Panel, prealbumin, as available
  5. Nutrition based exam to identify nutrition deficiency lesions
  6. History of and need for further nutrition education for specialized formula or diet.