Learning More About the “United for Clinical Nutrition” initiative and the Screening Day Latin America
Expert opinions on the importance of “United for clinical nutrition” initiative and Screening Day Latin America
During the annual congress of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), several experts were interviewed to gather their insights into the initiative “United for clinical nutrition” and the Screening Day Latin America. They expressed their support and agreed that the initiative is the right step forward to fight disease-related malnutrition as well as caloric and protein deficits in hospitals. They also emphasized the importance of the Screening Day Latin America and how it can help to improve conditions for hospitals and patients. “United for clinical nutrition” provides an opportunity for experts and hospitals to work together in improving hospital nutrition. Some of the experts that provided thoughts on the subject are:
- Dr. Karin Papapietro: physician andsurgeon at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Chile
- Dr. Guillermo Carlos Contreras: chief of emergency and critical care department at the Guillermo Kaelin Hospital in Lima, Peru
- Dr. Roger Enrique Riofrio: general surgeon at the Central University of Ecuador
- Carolina Méndez Martínez: nutritionist and dietician at the National University of Colombia
- Dr. Alfredo Matos Adames, MD: professor of clinical nutrition and surgery at the School of Medicine at the University of Panama
The ESPEN Congress is a yearly convention that covers several topics in the fields of parenteral and enteral nutrition and recently gathered more than 3,000 participants from 82 different countries worldwide. In September 2015, Lisbon held the annual ESPEN Congress, in which a series of interviews were conducted with well-known experts from Latin America. Below you will find videos and more insights into these experts’ thoughts and ideas.
Dr. Karin Papapietro
My motivation in supporting this initiative has to do with the work that can be done transversally in Latin America, with other centers and countries, to strengthen the idea of nutrition as an integral part of patients’ treatments. With that we will beable to more efficiently promote the importance of clinical nutrition in the whole of a patient’s treatment.
Dr. Guillermo Carlos Contreras:
The initiative will help to indicate exactly what we are doing and what we are not doing; often there are things we stop valuing in intensive therapies. Once data from the Screening Day are available, we will be able to have information that will allow us to make quick decisions and decisions that will help us to modify the prognostics and evaluation of patients in critical state. This is the beginning of the change about investing more in health and education, which will allow initiatives such as “United for clinical nutrition” to shift the focus of this effort, designed for the entire national population, into patients. Also, this will allow us to train current and future generations of health care professionals, so they are completely aware and focused on achieving an improvednutritional status of patients, especially in areas related to intensive care.
Dr. Roger Enrique Riofrio:
The Screening Day will help to identify two main things: Whether we are providing the necessary calories to the patients who are receiving parenteral and enteral nutrition, and how we are managing the clinical side of nutritional support. On that day, we will evaluate patients in the intensive care unit and determine what their conditions are. The important thing here is to provide evidence to a problem we all know exists, and whether we are providing enough nutrition and reaching the nutritional targets.
Carolina Méndez Martínez:
The Screening Day is the first strategy applied to intensive care patients. And it’s a chance to get local data. For example, in my case, you can say I’m representing Colombia, and we will be able to have Latin American data to know the real situation among our patients. I want to invite all institutions to play an active part in this research. It will allow us to have better management protocols and information to generate these essential strategies. I’m very motivated and hope that we all work together on this.
Dr. Alfredo Matos Adames:
A movement supported by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization, reminded all the participants that nourishment is a human right. If we’re not giving the best nutrition to a patient, we’re violating his human rights. This project, “United for Clinical Nutrition,” is, without a doubt, a reflection of that meeting in the sense that we should be more concerned and show greater interest in achieving that goal. It is an amazing opportunity and I’m fascinated that I was given the chance to be part of it.