Future of Pre-hab and Rehab: Muscle Imaging Prognostic and Therapeutic Applications in Transplant and Surgical Populations

Monday, October 18
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Central Time)
CE: 1.0
Level 3 (advanced knowledge/expertise)
Activity Code: 163844


Adam Kuchnia, RD, MS, PhD will describe innovative muscle composition and quality analytic techniques that may be associated with clinical outcomes in transplant and surgical patients, as well as the response of imaging-based biomarkers to medical nutrition, physical, and occupational therapy. Isabella Colassanti RDN, LD will discuss medical nutrition therapy interventions targeted at lean body mass preservation in pre- and post-transplant phases. Finally, Tiffany Johnson, OTR, MOT, C/NDT will explore where features of organ failure and signs of frailty overlap and how the clinical can enhance quality of life through therapeutic interventions in pre-habilitation, prior to major surgery, and rehabilitation following major surgery.

Planned with the Dietitians in Medical Nutrition Therapy DPG.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe muscle characteristics measured by advanced imaging that may have prognostic significance in surgical patients, including advanced heart failure interventions such as transplantation.
  • Extrapolate medical nutrition therapy interventions targeted at lean body mass preservation in transplant patients to surgical patients with inflammation-driven lean body mass wasting.
  • Define pre-habilitative and rehabilitative occupational therapy interventions aimed at surgical optimization and restoration of the highest level of functional independence in the patient with frailty.

Performance Indicators:

  • 8.1.1 Interprets and applies evidence-based comparative standards for determining nutritional needs.
  • 8.1.5 Applies medical nutrition therapy in disease prevention and management.
  • 8.3.7 Integrates new knowledge and skills into practice.