Poster Topical Area: Diet and Cancer
Poster Board Number: 222
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
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.
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].
Alexandra Salcedo, RDN
UCSD Health system
La Jolla, California