Multidisciplinary Approach to Feeding Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients: Clinician Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities

Program Date: 14 April 2021
Publication Date: 19 August 2021
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0, Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll review current evidence and guidelines on nutrition and COVID-19 care; identify clinician perspective on tube feeding and addressing gastrointestinal intolerances; and discuss the multidisciplinary team approach to improve patient care. Originally presented as a live webinar on April 14, 2021.

Course Objectives:

• Review current evidence and guidelines on nutrition and COVID-19 care.
• Identify clinician perspective on tube feeding and addressing gastrointestinal intolerances.
• Discuss the multidisciplinary team approach to improve patient care.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Run Time: 63

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Matthew Exline, MD

Critical Care Medicine
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH, USA
Matt Exline is a member of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at Ohio State University. He grew up in Reno, Nevada and attended the University of Nevada for undergraduate and medical school. He came to OSU for residency and fellowship in 2000. He has been on faculty at Ohio State since 2006. Matt has served as the medical director of the medical intensive care unit since 2014. Matt has served as a clinical investigator in numerous ICU studies in the treatment of sepsis, ARDS, and ICU delirium that have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Matt loves working in the ICU because he loves seeing nurses, respiratory therapists, PT/OT, dieticians, pharmacists, social workers, APNs, and physicians share their expertise to help patients and families.
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Jan Powers, PhD, RN, CCNS, NE-BC

Director Nursing Research and Professional Practice
Parkview Health
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Jan Powers currently serves as the Director of Nursing Research and Professional Practice at Parkview Health System. This role includes accountability for professional practice and research development for 9 hospital system. Responsibilities include oversight of policy and procedures, mentor clinical nurse specialists, advancing nursing practice and ongoing development of research and evidence-based practice. Jan is also part time faculty at IU School of Nursing Graduate Program. Jan has been a nurse for 35 years in various roles related to Critical Care and Trauma and worked as a CNS over 20 years primarily focused on implementation of research and evidence-based practices to improve patient outcomes. Jan received her BSN, MSN and PhD all from Indiana University School of Nursing. She has conducted many research studies related to nursing practice with a primary focus on improving patient outcomes through the advancement of nursing practice. Primary focus areas related to pulmonary, trauma, pressure injuries and nutrition. Jan is passionate about inspiring nurses to own their practice with an emphasis on the implementation of evidence-based practices. She has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters and has given numerous presentations related to a wide variety of areas within nursing practice.
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Kris Mogensen, MS, RD-AP, LDN, CNSC

Team Leader Dietitian Specialist
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA, USA
Kris M. Mogensen is a Team Leader Dietitian Specialist in the Department of Nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Adjunct Instructor in Health Sciences (Nutrition) at Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. She has been a registered dietitian for over 20 years, and has specialized in nutrition support for the majority of her career. She has coauthored numerous research and review articles in professional journals, textbook chapters, and professional manuals. She lectures nationally and internationally on nutrition support and medical nutrition therapy. She is currently serving as a Director on the Board of Directors for the ASPEN and is past chair of ASPEN’s Clinical Practice Committee and current chair of the Malnutrition Committee. Her research focuses on the impact of malnutrition on outcomes in critically ill patients.
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Mary Rath, RD, LD, CNSC

Nutrition Support Team, Center for Human Nutrition
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH, USA
Mary Rath is a certified Nutrition Support Dietitian for the Center of Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic. She has been working as a critical care dietitian for over 10 years with a focus on medical intensive care patients for 7 years. Mary’s areas of interests not only include nutrition support but also providing education for health care professionals such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, residents and fellows alike.
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Beth Besecker, MD, MBA

Director, Medical Affairs Adult Nutrition
Abbott Nutrition
Columbus, OH, USA
Beth Besecker is the Director of Medical Affairs, Adult Nutrition for Abbott Nutrition. She is a board certified in pulmonology, critical care and sleep medicine. Dr. Besecker worked as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine as a Pulmonary Critical Care attending physician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center form 2009-2020. Additionally, she received an MBA from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in 2019. She is six sigma green belt certified and served as a Team Lead and Coach for the Quality Improvements Project Committee at Ohio State for multiple years. Her continuous quality improvement focus is on improving healthcare quality and efficiency in a manner which lessens physician burden. Research interests of Dr. Besecker include the role of zinc on immunity in septic patients, participation in the TOP UP Study of supplemental parenteral nutrition in over and underweight critically ill patients, and multiple studies on the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome.
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