The clinical dietetic department aims to provide a high quality care in dietetics for both admitted patients and outpatients referred from different clinics. The department includes specialized dietitians in different areas working hard to provide practice based on updated scientific evidence in medical nutrition therapy in order to ensure all patients receive excellent, comprehensive, effective, and safe services.
Services provided by the department
- Evaluating individual patient’s dietary status following specific parameters such as:
- Patient’s medical records
- Anthropometries (weight, height, Body Mass Index or BMI)
- Evaluate dietary intake through 24-hour recall/FOOD INTAKE HISTORY
- Consulting patient’s dietary needs and setting appropriate interventions accordingly.
- Educating the patient and providing them with educational materials related to their diagnosis and intervention plan:
- Sample dietary regimen (MEAL PLAN)
- Educational materials on (DM diet, Kidney disease diet, post-bariatric surgery, etc…)
- Educating and training the patient and patient’s relative on how to use supplements and tube feeding related care upon discharge.
- Regular follow-ups to:
- Monitor the patient’s status and improvements; make sure they are following the plan correctly
- Reassessment and new intervention given by advancement or modification of the feeding plan if necessary
- The clinical dietetic department is considered one of the most important training centers in the area of dietetics in the Sultanate of Oman, as we are constantly training students and graduates in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics; we also accept training and attachment of clinical dietitians from different institutions around the Sultanate.
- The dietetic department also provides nutritional education to other health care professionals on many topics for e.g.:-
- Nutrition & wound healing - Nutrition and Kidney dysfunction - Educate new staff nurse in ICU about general dietetic protocol.
- Keeps up to date with contemporary issues and professional development within own sphere of professional practice.
- Collaborating with Medical Nutrition Companies to educate Nurses and staff on the recent techniques in tube feeding (closed system).
Research and Studies
- The clinical dietetic department is interested in research, as we have published many clinical researches part of our M.S.c thesis throughout the years.
- The department aims to work hand in hand with the multidisciplinary teams from different departments to publish more clinical researches to aid in the development of the dietary assessment in the dietetic field in the Sultanate. e.g.:
- Management nutritional therapy (MNT) for pediatric cardiology for pre-op, post- op patients, chylothorax patients. And MNT for pediatric cardiac patients on warfarin.
As mentioned above the qualified dietitians in the department are specialized in many areas from diagnosis through treatment and post treatment. As well as cover a wide range of diseases, such as:
- Oncology, Diabetes, Obesity, Surgical, Cardiac, Metabolic Disorders & Genetics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Nephrology/Urology, Pediatrics, COVID-19, Keto-genic diet
- (Epilepsy), Critical Cases, Hematology, Endocrine
To see a Dietitian you will need to be seen by a doctor first and then get a referral to our outpatient department. If you may find it helpful, you can bring a relative or care taker with you to your outpatient appointments.
Child Life specialist is a trained professional who works alongside physician, nurse, and the rest of the clinical team to help cope with stress and customize experiences during medical care.
The specialist provides education and support, promote play, support parents and siblings and arrange to celebrate special days and occasions. An example of this service is to provide structural and therapeutic play, arrange to celebrate birthday and special day’s party like in Eids, liaise with social development services in the hospital and in the community, provide an age-appropriate mental preparation of a medical procedure and other activities.
Home Care Support
Medical childcare begins in the hospital and may continue at home, that is what known as medical homecare. Homecare has many positive aspects, including providing a sense of security, emphasising on family harmony and psychological comfort for both the child and parents. This is an acceptable option for children with chronic illnesses, or to shorten the unnecessary hospital stay for some patients in order to complete the needed medical care at home. Establishing a dual partnership between parents and medical staff is critical to provide adequate family support that enables family members, especially parents, to provide safe and effective care for their children. Amongst the most common programs for a smooth transition to home care.
Provide comprehensive breastfeeding care to get optimum standard of care and support for women, child, and breastfeeding related problems all over the hospital according to MOH guidelines.
Respiratory Care Services
Respiratory care is one of the modern applied medical specialties. The great development in medicine during the past decades has highlighted the role of the respiratory care specialist in carrying out tasks related to respiratory therapy from assessment and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up under direct or indirect supervision by doctors.
The profession of respiratory care requires the practitioner to take a leading role in the exercise of the tasks required of him in order to provide better service to patients that include:
- Managing and operating mechanical ventilators in the intensive care rooms, and making the necessary adjustments to them according to the patient's condition, as well as dealing with modern respiratory devices, in order to restore the vitality of the respiratory system in coordination with the treating medical team.
- Doing tests to study the functions of the lungs.
- Drawing and analyzing arterial blood for blood gases in the department's laboratory.
- Giving bronchodilator medications and other respiratory medications.
- Assist in the examination, diagnosis and evaluation of patients with respiratory diseases.
- Providing patients with oxygen and other medical gases according to their needs based on the assessment of their medical conditions.
- Participation with the Asthma Clinic and the Patient Education Department by giving lessons and distributing brochures to patients on how to use and take care of asthma treatment devices and medicines. Conducting specialized educational programs to combat smoking, helping patients to get rid of the smoking habit, as well as contributing to community awareness programs about the harms of smoking and its negative impact on the health of the individual.
Where does a respiratory care professional work?
The respiratory therapist works in various health and medical care institutions, including:
- Various intensive care units, whether for adults, children, or neonates (premature infants).
- Different general wards.
- Laboratories and laboratories specialized in conducting lung function tests and other tests related to the heart and nervous system that affect the effectiveness of the respiratory system.
- Chest clinics and similar clinics that provide respiratory and diagnostic care services.
Management and education
The respiratory care department, either individual or in cooperation with specialized department, conducts continuous courses and workshops in the field of respiratory care of all kind.
Training the health personal assigned to the hospital on how to deal and use the types of devices used in respiratory care.
Services provided by the respiratory care department:
- Taking care of all respiratory equipments in all departments of intensive care for ( Adult, pediatrics and neonatal and general wards)
- Invasive Mechanical ventilation
- Non invasive mechanical ventilation
- Use of Nitic oxide therapy
- Use of high frequency ventilation
- Use of high flow nasal cannula therapy
- Use and handling of all types of home care respiratory equipments
- Use of transport mechanical ventilation inside and outside the hospital
Wound & Stoma Care Team
A wound care nurse is a specialized nurse who assesses and treats complex patient wounds, including ulcers, burns, lacerations and ostomies. They also create care plans for medical teams, patients and their caregivers to follow to help wounds heal and prevent a recurrence. Wound care nurses work closely with doctors and other members of patient care teams to determine the best course of treatment for wounds and ensure that treatment plans are followed carefully.
Wound care nurses work in a variety of health care settings where patients have wounds, including hospital operating rooms, intensive care units, Oncology Department and Medical Unit & surgical Unit and Out Patient Department.
The Intravenous (IV) therapy nurses ensures a high standard of IV therapy throughout the wards by teaching, training, supervising and supporting members of staff in developing their IV therapy skills. Members of the team also perform cannulation and vein puncture, training other nurses who are interested in this aspect of patient care.
Clinical Pharmacy is patient oriented service, aiming to deliver pharmaceutical patient care needs in the way of improving therapy outcome. It provides prescription validation, prescribing support, patient education and therapy monitoring
Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis Service
Provide expert nursing care to pediatric dialysis patients and families, including ongoing management of dialysis needs, patient assessment, and phone triage. Communicate and collaborate with nephrologists. Participate in ongoing management of the chronic pediatric dialysis patient via interdisciplinary patient care rounds. Provide nursing care to pediatric peritoneal dialysis patients both manually and with the Home Choice.