More MS news articles for Dec 2001

Meals device breakthrough eases plight of patients

Issue Date: Thu December 6th, 2001
Eilish O'Regan, Health Correspondent

CHRISTMAS dinner will have a new appeal for patients in a Dublin hospital this year, thanks to an advanced cooking device which allows those with swallowing problems eat normal portions.

The device was unveiled by staff at St Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co Dublin where a spokesman pointed out it would make a major difference to patients with swallowing difficulties as a result of stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and motor neurone disease.

"St Columcille's, in conjunction with Nutricia Clinical Care, has trained staff in a new technique to provide attractive, nutritious food with a consistency safe for those with swallowing problems," said the spokesman.

"Using a specialised system, the food is pureed separately, thickened with Nutilis (a special food thickener) then remoulded to its original shape while maintaining original colour and taste," he added.

"This means patients with a swallowing disorder can enjoy a varied menu of meat, fish, vegetables, desserts and cakes safely. With this system the patient no longer has to avoid the food he or she enjoys: everything is back on the menu and it is goodbye to bland, baby-type food."

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