William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Snacks and Supplements
Snacks or nutritional supplements may be provided for you between meals while you are in the hospital to meet your nutritional needs. A Clinical Dietitian or Dietetic Technician can see you in the hospital if needed or requested to set up an individualized meal plan for special needs or to meet nutrition goals. Supplemental feedings or nourishments can be provided up to three times per day between meals at 10am, 2pm, and/or 8pm while you are in the hospital if it is part of your nutrition plan or to meet your needs. Snacks or supplements may be beneficial if you have the following nutrition goals: weight gain if you are underweight, consume adequate nutrition if you fill up fast or have a poor appetite, or have increased needs for healing, etc.
Nutritional Liquid supplements like Boost Plus or TwoCal HN may be provided for you at home, if the following criteria are met:
- Significant unintentional weight loss, BMI < 21, and/or weight < 80% of IBW.
- Severe loss of appetite, intake and/or unable to consume adequate calories and protein to meet nutritional needs.
- Medical conditions or diagnoses that interfere with adequate intake, digestion, or absorption.
If you do qualify for provision of high calorie/protein supplements at home, a nutrition plan and goals will be set up by a Registered Dietitian. You will need to follow up in the nutrition clinic to receive refills as you work on these goals and to see if your plan is still working for you.