Optimizing Nutrition Status of the Cardiac Surgery Patient

Program Date: 7 August 2019
Publication Date: 16 January 2020
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll identify the unique needs of the cardiac surgery patient and the potential effects of surgery; review screening tools; and discuss recommended ERAS nutrition interventions.

Course Objectives:

• Identify the unique needs of the cardiac surgery patient and the potential effects of surgery.
•Review standard cardiac surgery screening tools and nutrition considerations for the cardiac patient.
•Discuss recommended ERAS nutrition interventions for pre- and post-cardiac surgery.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 5010, 5160, 5285, 5410
  • Performance Indicators: 4.1.2, 8.1.1, 8.1.5, 8.3.1
  • Run Time: 60

Course Instructor Bio(s)


Kathryn Starr, PhD, RDN, LDN

Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics
Duke University School of Medicine Research
Health Scientist, Durham VA Medical Center
Durham, NC, USA
Dr. Starr is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine at Duke University and a Research Health Scientist at the Durham VA Medical Center, USA. Dr. Starr completed her doctorate in Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia and received the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Post-Doctoral National Research Service Award at Duke’s Center for the Study of Aging. She is Co-Director of the Center for Aging Clinical Nutrition Laboratory and her research focuses on older adults at risk for chronic health conditions and functional disability. Currently, she is Co-PI for clinical trials investigating the impact of protein consumption on lean muscle mass in obese, frail older adults undergoing weight loss interventions, and PI for a Career Development Award assessing the benefits of perioperative protein supplementation in vulnerable geriatric populations. Finally, she serves as a content expert for the ASPEN Surgical Nutrition Evidenced Based Guidelines.
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Kevin Lobdell, MD

Director, Regional CVT Quality
Education & Research
Atrium Health
Charlotte, NC, USA
Dr. Lobdell is currently a reviewer and an editor for various journals and societies. He is a member in the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Surgical Infection Society, American College of Medical Quality, & the American Telemedicine Association. Dr. Lobdell is board certified in thoracic surgery and general surgery and has special qualifications in surgical critical care. His research interests include quality, safety, value, digital health, and telemedicine. He studied Healthcare Management at the University of Michigan-Ross School of Business and has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on quality, surgical risk and outcomes, effects of BMI, metabolism, and aortic dissection.

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