2020-05-20

All Prescriber Bulletin: Diet & Nourishment Orders - Default Frequency

All-user-bulletins highlight developments that all physicians need to be aware of when using the Connect Care clinical information system.

Diet & Nutrition Order - Start and Frequency Parameters
As of 1200 Thursday, May 21, 2020, all inpatient users of Connect Care will see a small change in diet and nourishment orders. The default frequency button, “Effective Now”, will be replaced by “Now or Specify Date/Time.” This reflects new functionality to more precisely set  time-dependent changes to a patient’s diet. This also supports the entry of multiple linked diet orders and a layered approach to progression along a nutrition plan.

For example, for patients expecting an NPO interruption to their usual diet, the expected series of diet orders can be placed all at once. This is done by using the starting date, time, and (if required) conditions to be met. All orders will appear in the active orders, with clear reflection of the starting date,  time and duration for each.

This update could affect personalizations. System-level ordering tools such as Preference lists, Therapy Plans, Treatment Plans, and Order Sets will be automatically updated. Personalized order lists, panels or plans that include diet orders using "Effective Now" will experience a hard-stop during ordering, alerting to the need to update the personalization to specify the new parameters.

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