Critical Mass: Role of Muscle and Nursing Assessments in Strengthening Patient Outcomes

Program Date: May 2011

Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.0 Dietitian CPEU

Course Objectives:
* Discuss the role of muscle as functional tissue and how muscle loss affects patient outcomes.

* Compare and contrast malnutrition and muscle loss

* Identify signs of muscle loss through the nursing assessment process

* Discuss nutrition intervention and the role it plays in improving patient outcomes

Faculty Name:
Tracy Smith, PhD, RD, LD
Manager, Science Programs
Abbott Nutrition, Columbus, OH


Dr. Tracy Smith is Manager of Science Programs at the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Smith obtained two degrees from Ohio University: a Bachelor of Science in dietetics and a Master of Science in nutrition, and went on to obtain a PhD in human nutrition from The Ohio State University.

Prior to joining Abbott Nutrition, Dr. Smith was Director and Assistant Professor of dietetics at Zane State College, a lecturer in the nutrition department at The Ohio State University, and adjunct faculty in the school of nursing at Capital University. In addition, her clinical background includes work in intensive and cardiac care as well as diabetes and oncology. She also developed and conducted community wellness and nutrition programs, including adult and child weight management and hospital-based fitness programs. Dr. Smith is a frequent speaker and lecturer for Abbott Nutrition.

CDR Level: 1

Suggested Learning Codes: 2070, 2110, 3000, 3020, 3030, 3060, 4190, 5000, 5090, 5100, 5440

Media Format(s): Video (English)

Run Time: 43 Minutes

Dr. Smith

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