Importance of Nutrition Care for Patients Undergoing Surgery and Those with Spinal Cord Injuries

Program Date: 3 February 2022
Publication Date: 3 February 2022
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll discuss the burden of surgical site infections; identify where nutrition support can be enhanced in the ERAS pathway; and review how nutrition can be optimized in a patient with a spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D).

Course Objectives:

• Discuss the burden of surgical site infections. 
• Identify where nutrition support can be enhanced in the ERAS pathway. 
• Review how nutrition can be optimized in a patient with a spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D).
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 4.1.2, 8.1.1, 8.1.2
  • Run Time: 45

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Bereshith Adams, MSN, RN, APRN-BCCWCN

CEO, Proficient Nurse Practitioners 
Fayetteville, NC, USA
Bereshith Adams is an accomplished Nurse Practitioner. He has over ten years of experience working in both trauma and general surgery. Bereshith has his certification in wound care, hyperbaric treatment, advanced trauma life support and cannabis. Bereshith has worked in the inpatient, outpatient and home care setting in order to develop his clinical judgement and patient relationships in his community. Bereshith has worked as a director for a home care agency where he managed both surgical and psychiatric patients.
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Lorena Reyes, MS, RDN, LDN

Clinical Dietitian 
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital 
Hines, IL, USA
Lorena Reyes completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she is enrolled in a skin and wound management education course to obtain certification on Nutrition in Wound Care. Lorena is the Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders (SCI/D) Clinical Dietitian at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Illinois since 2018. Her interest in working with SCI/D was first instilled when starting her dietetic career working with SCI/D patients at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago. Throughout her career, she grown to be passionate about pressure injury prevention and healing. Since her start at Hines VA, she continues to work directly with the wound/ostomy team to provide nutritional assistance and guidance for the healing of highly complex wounds. Due to this close collaboration SCI/D continues to be successful in fully healing Veterans with challenging and complex wounds.
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Amie Heap, MPH, RD

Director, Health Policy, 
Education & Alliances 
Director, Abbott Nutrition Health Institute 
Columbus, OH, USA

Amie serves as the Director of Health Policy, Education and Alliances and as the Director of the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute. In this capacity she directs the creation of health and nutrition resources that assist healthcare professionals, and the populations they serve, on a global level. As part of this role, Amie establishes partnerships with domestic and international organizations working to address the challenge of preventing, identifying and treating malnutrition. 

Prior to joining Abbott, Amie served as the Senior Nutrition Advisor in the Office of HIV/AIDS in the Bureau of Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this position Amie provided technical assistance to 30 countries in eastern and southern Africa, southeast Asia and the Caribbean implementing global HIV/nutrition/food security programs. She also served as the HIV/nutrition strategic information liaison to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. 

Amie received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Brigham Young University and a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University.

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