With such an impact on health and well-being, even with the controversial opinions associated with blends, it’s understandable why most parents/ HETF people wish to start utilising real foods within their diets. Whilst this is feasible within the home, one cannot help but question how this can be continued in hospital and whether this should be supported in a clinical setting.
Regulation 14 is part of the CQC regulation that highlights the need to support our patients with adequate nutrition and hydration, to reduce the risk of malnutrition and to provide a choice of food and drink that is nutritionally balanced to help meet the diverse needs of our patients. This may be interpreted and provides grounds for hospitals to provide blends to this patient group when they are admitted in certain circumstances.
In many hospitals, when a family wants to continue their child’s blended diet on the ward, the dietitian provides a trust-approved risk assessment and waiver document. This waiver must be discussed and signed by the parent/carer. However, this is not a legal binding document and would not hold up in a court of law. some might argue that by allowing this to continue patient care is compromised by increasing the risk of food-borne illnesses, recurrence of GI disturbances, poor feed tolerance and in some severe cases, faltering growth. Furthermore, this would likely impact and delay hospital discharge.
Concerns such as these build the case for needing blended diet guidelines to support inpatients who continue on a blended diet in hospital