Kim Brunet-Wood, Co-chair, Pediatric WG CMTF, MSC, RD


Kim Brunet-Wood is a registered dietitian and currently co-chair of the Pediatric Working Group of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force. This national group is working on creating awareness of pediatric malnutrition and how it impacts children in hospital. In order to provide guidance on best practices, the design and implementation of a Pediatric Malnutrition Pathway in Canada is underway. Subjective Global Nutrition Assessment(SGNA) is a key assessment tool in the pathway and Kim has been involved in an update of this tool. Kim completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan and a dietetic internship at the University of Alberta Hospital. She received her MSc in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Alberta. Her clinical work has spanned many populations and interests including burns, cardiology, critical care, inborn errors of metabolism, research and nutrition support. An interest in leadership evolved into working on the administrative side and after 2 decades of wonderful and challenging experiences she retired from her director position at Alberta Health Services in 2019. Kim is passionate about evidence based practice and is looking forward to continuing with the work required to advance and advocate for prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition in pediatric populations. When Kim is not volunteering with CMTF she can be found with her husband Geoff playing tennis, golf, walking their dog or playing with their 5 grandchildren.

A practical update on Subjective global nutritional assessment (SGNA) in children

This session will consist of education about the Subjective Global Nutritional Assessment (SGNA) tool which can be used to assess the nutritional status of children who may be at risk of malnutrition. The SGNA is incorporated in the recently developed Canadian Pediatric Integrated Nutrition Pathway (P-INPAC), therefore it is important for clinical teams to be familiar with SGNA and know how to perform it. The SGNA was recently updated to capture modern anthropometric parameters. A major part of the session will be focused on discussion of the steps of the SGNA, i.e. 7 specific features of a nutrition-focused medical history and 3 features of a nutrition-focused physical examination for signs of malnutrition and demonstrating the use of SGNA in clinical practice by using clinical cases. Learning objectives: 1. Understand the value of using SGNA in clinical practice 2. Review the updated version of SGNA 3. Obtain practical guidance on how to perform SGNA