Poster Topical Area: Diet and Cancer

Location: Auditorium

Poster Board Number: 222

P07-036 - Cost-Benefit Analysis on Nutrition Diet Technician Registered (NDTR) Utilization in the Acute Care Setting

Monday, Jun 11
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Objective: A descriptive performance enhancement project via survey was
used to assess the cost-benefits and ratio of patient load between Nutrition Diet Technician Registered versus Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in the hospital setting.

Methods: An online questionnaire was designed, validated, and administered electronically to Clinical Nutrition Managers across
hospitals in the United States via the Velos eResearch Clinical Trial Management System® portal with the University of California San Diego
Health system.

Results: Seventy-eight percent of facilities surveyed utilized NDTRs in the clinical setting with a cost savings of $12,122/each RDN FTE, and
significantly increasing capacity for patient care (22 patients/day versus 11 patients/day, p=0.001) by over 4000 patients per year.

Conclusion: Employing NDTRs to provide patient care to low to moderate risk patients, under the supervision of the RD, can result in significant
labor cost-savings for healthcare facilities.

Funding Source:

The project described was partially supported by the National Institutes of Health [grant UL1TR000100 of CTSA funding prior to August 13, 2015 and Grant UL1TR001442 of CTSA funding beginning August 13, 2015 and beyond].

CoAuthors: Byron Richard , MS, RDN – UCSD Health ; Betty Garrity , MPH, RDN – UCSD Health ; Shirin Malek, RDN – UCSD Health ; Marina Mattson , MS, RDN – UCSD Health; Emily Smith , Ms, RDN – UCSD Health ; Jasmyn Ranjbari, RDN – UCSD Health ; Katelyn Castro, RDN – UCSD Health

Alexandra Salcedo, RDN

Registered Dietitian
UCSD Health system
La Jolla, California