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Journal of Nursing & Care
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Research Article

Caring for Dinner in Hospital

Mette Holst*, Birgitte Schantz Laursen and Henrik H Rasmussen
Center for Nutrition and Bowel Disease, Medical Gastroenterology Department, Aarhus University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
Corresponding Author : Mette Holst
Nutrition Nurse Specialist, MCN
Center for Nutrition and Bowel Disease
Medical Gastroenterology Department
Aarhus University Hospital
Aalborg, Denmark
Tel: +45 99326267 / +45 27113236
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Received June 20, 2012; Accepted July 26, 2012; Published July 28, 2012
Citation: Holst M, Laursen BS, Rasmussen HH (2012) Caring for Dinner in Hospital. J Nurs Care 1:117. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000117
Copyright: © 2012 Holst M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Better organization may improve quality of care around meal serving in a hospital unit.
Background: The organization of care regarding serving of food, monitoring and assisting patients with meals is a complex nursing task, however, to a low degree investigated. This study was done at request from the department multi professional nutrition team, as nutrition monitoring was difficult to achieve. Furthermore meal serving, especially regarding dinner, was found chaotic and unsatisfying.
Aim: To explore practise and organization around meal serving regarding dinner and find reasons for poor monitoring of nutrition intake.
Methods: Observations as well as patient and staff interviews and observation in a department of gastroenterology in 2010.
Results: Ten patients, six nursing staff and four service staff members were interviewed. Observations weredone for nine hours during two days of dinner servings. A positive and helpful attitude was seen. How ever, lack of time, knowledge, lack of assignment of responsibility and many competing tasks interfered with the meal serving and elated tasks. Low priority was given to assisting patients with eating and to documentation of individual nutritional assessment and care. Poor monitoring of nutrition intake was seen, due to insufficient training of service staff and lack of communication of responsibility.
Conclusion: A poor organisation of the overall work was found. The nurses had too many competing tasks. Lack of knowledge, documentation and acknowledgement of importance of own actions, was profound among the nursing-staff regarding nutritional care during dinner serving.

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