Category Archives: Dietitian’s Toolkit

Fluid & Electrolyte Metabolism

Writing this blog motivates me to regularly prune and update my collection of basic tools, and if they are in a book, see if there is a web-based version of the same or better quality.

Today as I was recording lab values for my tube feeding patients, I decided to look for online interpretation tools. I really like the Merck Manual‘s chapter on Fluid and Electrolyte Metabolism. The information is well-organized and explained clearly and concisely.

Here is the link to the Introduction. You can navigate to other pages by clicking on the topics (e.g., water and sodium balance)  listed at the top of each web page.

This guide on converting conventional units to Système International d’Unités (SI) or international units (IU) also would be useful to refer to when reading the literature.


Food Allergy Resources on “PEN”

 (This supplements yesterday’s post on food allergy resources.)

Dietitians of Canada’s PEN also has 3 full knowledge pathways on food allergies with up-to-date resources such as the May 2007 Current Issues article on Food Allergy in Adults.  Note: you need to be a subscriber to access PEN.

Food Allergy Resources

Today I’m posting some of the web resources on food allergy I consulted — some familiar, others new to me — while updating our hospital’s menu-specific list of food allowed/not allowed on allergy diets.

Dial-A-Dietitian’s food allergy links

Dietitians of Canada’s Fact Sheet on Food Sensititivies

What is a food allergy? (concise factsheet from the Food Safety Network)

Health Canada Food Labeling

Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s page on Food Allergens

Allergy/Asthma Information Association

MD Consult revisited

Have you checked out MD Consult recently? Ever? If you haven’t, you may want to do so. The site recently enhanced its user interface and search features. I like the changes and find searching and reading results quicker and easier to process.

So far today, I have used MD Consult to find background information on vitamin B12 deficiency and central venous catheters, topics pertinent to the nutritional assessment of two of my patients.  One of the best features is My Folder, which you can set up easily. You can then save articles to your folder so you don’t have to repeat searches.

ESPEN Guidelines & Position Papers

That’s not a typo (“E” instead of “A”) in the title. ESPEN is the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. If you are a dietitian practicing in Canada or the US, you are probably more familiar with resources from A.S.P.E.N., the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

Access to these ESPEN resources is free and does not require membership.  I quickly scanned  some guidelines relevant to my area of practice and the resources seem to be high quality and useful so I’m adding them to my toolkit in the sidebar.

Link to ESPEN guidelines and position papers

Items added to the Dietitian’s Toolkit

Both pages are on the Health Canada Web site, but I wanted to create direct links for quick reference:

1. Natural Health Products 
Follow links from this page for information on:

2. Canada’s Food Guide — Educators’ & Communicators’ resource

Additions to Dietitian’s Toolkit

I have just added two new links to the Dietitian’s Toolkit:

The toolkit is getting a bit cluttered so I may need to divide it into primary tools (used frequently) and secondary tools (important but used less often).