Currently, patients with gastrostomy feeding tubes receive nutrition through standardized commercial powders. Current dietary best practice suggests that these patients would benefit from receiving nutrition that utilizes real food that is custom blended for their particular condition. Patients should have better health outcomes over time and require less medication as well. Studies have shown that blenderized foods can have stronger health implications compared to the medicine and powdered food that is used by these patients currently. Our app will provide patients with an easy-to-use interface and display instructions and schedules for them to follow.
The purpose of this project is to develop a functional prototype that pulls patient information from the hospital database. The prototype will enable dietitians to assign recipes tailored to the patient’s nutritional needs. By referring to the patient’s medical history/information, the dietitians can mitigate subsequent mishandlings. The patient’s parent or guardian will be able to login to their predetermined account and view their assigned recipes. A calendar function will also be available for the parents or guardians to view past/future recipes assigned.