Dietetic Technician

Dietetic technicians work with registered dietitians to provide nutrition care to patients. They are the liaison between food service and clinical nutrition.

Dietetic technicians assist in planning and implementing nutritional programs and services in facilities such as hospitals and schools. They may specialize in nutritional care or food service management.

They determine the nutritional needs of their patients by interviewing them and reviewing their medical histories. They help patients plan meals that fit their prescribed diet and food budget. They also report the patient's progress or any dietary problems to the supervising dietitian.

Dietetic technicians in a food service management role have slightly different activities. Their activities include planning meals and menus for many people; ordering and stocking food and supplies; overseeing the production of meals and services; and maintaining quality control and safety standards. They may also be in charge of designing and implementing new food service systems to make facilities run more efficiently. Dietetic technicians may work with computer systems to verify diet orders, record laboratory data, and to calculate payroll.

Regardless of their specialty, they are responsible for counselling and educating patients and community groups on proper nutrition that will lead to a healthy and productive lifestyle. 

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