Dietetics and Nutrition

Clinical Nutrition

Integrated course, 3.00 ECTS


Course content

The course provides basic knowledge of
• determination of nutritional status and screening methods
• indications and contraindications of enteral and parenteral nutrition and decision on the type of nutritional therapy
• overview of the wide range of tube feeding and drinking preparations and their application in enteral nutrition; feeding routes for different tube types, start of enteral nutrition, structural setup, energy and fluid calculations using case examples; overview of tube feeding options and applications and nursing care of tube-fed patients
• immunonutrition
• application and interaction with drugs
• overview of parenteral feeding routes, different preparations for parenteral nutrition and their indications, modes of administration.
• intensive care (metabolism characteristics of patients in intensive care),
• pre- and perioperative management,
• students are also familiarised with perioperative nutritional concepts and homecare.

Recommended literature:
Specialist literature (latest editions):
Hartig, Biesalski, Druml, Fürst, Weiman, Ernährungs- und Infusionstherapie
Weilmann, Schuster, Parenterale Ernährung
AKE Empfehlungen für die enterale und parenterale Ernährungstherapie des Erwachsenen

Lecture, group work, presentations, discussion and exercises, excursion, case examples

Learning outcomes

Students learn to combine their dietetic knowledge and skills with knowledge of medicine, nutritional physiology and other relevant disciplines and implement this combined knowledge in the design of specific diets as well as in consulting and treatment of various disorders, especially concerning metabolism, the gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts as well as in oncological diseases.
On completion of the module students will be able to:
--> implement the dietetic process as part of the medical process in accordance with doctor’s instructions and in compliance with Sec. 2 (4) of the Allied Health Professions Act (MTD-G);
--> identify the health problem of the patient, extract information relevant to nutritional medicine from clinical findings and, if necessary, collect additional medically relevant information in consultation with the doctor in charge;
--> define the necessary dietetic measures and determine the nutritional status using anthropometric or other measurement methods;
--> prepare a detailed report and assessment of dietetic requirements based on symptoms, nutritional anamnesis and therapeutically relevant data and draw conclusions for dietetic therapy;
--> prepare a dietetic therapeutic concept, define therapeutic objectives and appropriate treatment measures and plan the corresponding therapy units in accordance with doctor’s instructions;
--> carry out therapies in accordance with professional and scientific findings and experiences;
--> prepare and implement therapeutic concepts for patients receiving parenteral nutrition;
--> process nutritional information for individuals and groups of persons, provide dietetic processes and nutritional advice within the scope of health promotion and prevention
--> recognise the scope of competence of other health professions and other professions and work together in multi-professional teams;
--> document the course of treatment and analyse and evaluate the results.

Mode of delivery

Integrated course

Assessment methods and criteria

written/oral exam