Top 10 Clinical Nutrition Resources

This summer I finished adult hospital rotations, yipee!  In addition to developing a graham cracker addiction (the food of choice stashed at every nurses' station), I also discovered a growing curiosity for the medical principles that accompany nutrition recommendations.  Here's some handy references that I want to share.
(A few dietetic interns.  Shout out for the summer crew!)
My 10 Favorite Resources for Hospital Rotations:
When I wasn't google-ing definitions and abbreviations, these books and websites were my go-to references.
  1. Nutrition and Diagnosis Related Care by Sylvia Escott Stump (2008).  Easy to use textbook with nutrition guidelines organized by medical diagnosis.  
  2. Dynamed.  Website that provides the medical information organized by disease state.  Includes causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and evidence-based recommendations with direct links to cited studies.  AWESOME! (By subscription only-hopefully most hospitals have this.)
  3. The ICU Book by Marino.  This book provides useful medical background for the intensive care units (issues like shock, acid-base balance, respiration and ventilation).  Great layer of medical understanding to top off a nutrition foundation.  
  4. Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank H. Netter.  (Also known as "Netters" by the medical students.)  Standard anatomy textbook with great illustrations.  Makes up for that cadaver's class I never took in college, hehe.
  5. ADA Nutrition Care Manual.   Are you scrambling for a quick patient-education handout?  The Amercian Dietetic Association has standardized handouts and menus, ready to print.  (Subscription only.)
  6. Medcalc- Smartphone application with medical calculations (BMI, Harris-Benedict).  Life just got easier.
  7. The ASPEN Nutrition Support Core Curriculem.  Book by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN); authoritative reference for tube feed and TPN.
  8. Food Medication Interactions by Pronsky.  Easy to use flip book with medications and their nutrient interactions.  Pretty sure this is a standard reference.
  9. Pubmed.  Step into the world of research by searching this free digital archive of biomedical and life science journal articles, organized by the U.S. National Institute of Health and run by the National Library of Medicine.  (Supposedly there's a "Pubmed Health" encyclopedia, but I can never find the link!)  
  10. Krause's Food and Nutrition Therapy (2007) and Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology (2010) by Nelms.  Here's one college textbook I don't regret buying!  Nothing beats these fundamental Medical Nutrition Therapy books.   
*TIP: If affiliated with a teaching hospital, try treasure hunting in the medical school library!
It will be fun to look back on these references in a year...
What do you think?
What are your favorite nutrition and medical resources?   
Got to keep this list going!


Susan Yuen said...

Hi Rachel! Thanks for the links! :)

MelindaRD said...

Great list of references. I have a few of those here with me on the island. Krause's is a great text. I just got a text called Community Nutrition and it is so huge, but I am looking forward to reading it little by little.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, I used a lot of those during my internship! And I totally agree on Nelms... that book just never stops being useful, does it?

Emily said...

I used a lot of the same resources in my internship, but there are some I didn't, so it's great to have a more comprehensive list!
Hope you are doing well!

Kasey said...

University of Virginia's Nutrition Articles in Practical Gastroenterology are a wonderful resource. I highly recommend them...

Liquid Diet said...

Hello Friend,

Thanks for the tips. It gives me more information about clinical nutrition,this post is really helpful. Thanks a lot!

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