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Korean J Gastroenterol. 2015 Jun;65(6):333-335. Korean. English Abstract. https://doi.org/10.4166/kjg.2015.65.6.333
Chang DK , Song GA .
Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea. gasong@pusan.ac.kr
Abstract

The prevalence of hospital malnutrition is still high in patients with digestive diseases, especially for those suffering from cancer and bowel diseases which cause malabsorption. It is well known that malnutrition is associated with delayed wound healing, impaired immunity, infection, increased complication, and poor convalenscence. Recently, nutrition screening and assessment by nutrition support team has become essential for nutrition management, and gastroenterologists comprise a dominant member of the nutrition support team. In critically ill patients and older people with chronic disease, nutritional support with enteral feeding and early feeding contributes to recovery and rehabilitation of patients. Securing enteral feeding routes, such as feeding tube insertion and placement of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy/jejunostomy, is an essential part of nutrition care that should be accomplished by gastroenterologists without much difficulty. It will also be necessary to recommend nutrition care as one of the clinical routines in gastrointestinal clinical practices. Therefore, education on nutrition care is strongly required as a part of gastroenterologist's training.

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