ACUTE Medical Mondays

An estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder. And when those disorders become severe, lives are on the line. As many as four out of five premature deaths in anorexia nervosa are a direct result of the physical effects of starvation.

At the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders, it is our greatest mission to distribute the message about anorexia and bulimia and the serious, often times fatal medical complications that can arise from these devastating disorders. Each week we will examine health issues and medical complications that can be caused as a result of a severe eating disorder.

Please share these ‪#‎medicalmonday‬ posts with your friends and family and help us in our mission to educate and spread the word about the severity of eating disorders.

Why Enteral Nutrition Can be Beneficial in the Treatment of Severe Eating Disorders
Shelby Victory, RD
At ACUTE we have the ability to use enteral nutrition, also known as tube feeding, to help our patients meet their nutrition goals. Let’s start by explaining what tube feeding is and how it is utilized. We use several different types of complete formulas that include carbohydrates, proteins, and fats as well as vitamins and minerals. These formulas are administered from a pump or a syringe into a feeding tube that is placed usually into the nose and ending in the stomach or small intestine.

The Importance of Research and Evidence Based Research
Ashlie Watters, PhD, MPH
Conducting research is one of the many aspects that makes ACUTE different from other inpatient hospital settings. ACUTE staff, including medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, registered dieticians, physical and occupational therapists, and social workers have all been instrumental in research on our unit.

Make No Bones About It...
Michelle Laging, PT, DPT
Most people have heard of osteoporosis and often think of it as a disease of the elderly. But let’s define what osteoporosis is so that we can understand how it might have an affect on those individuals struggling with severe malnutrition due to eating disorders

Weighted Blankets and Lap Pads to Treat Anxiety: What are they and how does it work?
Christina A. Logan MS, OTR/L
The incidence of anxiety among individuals that suffer from Anorexia-Nervosa or Avoidant Restrictive Fook Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a very common co-morbidity that we see and treat on the ACUTE unit.

Components of Spiritual Care in Eating Disorder Treatment
Elizabeth Pexton, M.Div., BCC
Spiritual care services at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders provides a non-medical treatment in a very specific, intense medical treatment process.