Call for specialist centre for adult IF patients

January 22, 2015

With Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, the paediatric specialist centre for children with intestinal failure, Lloyd Mudiwa examines the renewed calls for the establishment of a [...]

Oran lives in dread of the day he will be adult

October 28, 2014

15-year-old with rare condition ‘has no plan’ once his care stops at age 18
Currently, all children with intestine failure and reliant on external feeds are [...]

Prof Maria O’Sullivan wins prestigious award

May 13, 2014

Maria O’Sullivan, Associate Professor in Human Nutrition in the TCD Centre for Health Sciences, St James’s Hospital, was recently awarded the Sir David Cuthbertson Medal [...]

ISG Summer Meeting Programme announced

May 13, 2014

The Irish Society for Gastroenterology have announced the programme for their Summer Meeting to be held at:
Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare
Thursday and Friday 12th [...]

Prof Carel Le Roux

Prof Carel Le Roux joins Board of IrSPEN

February 24, 2014

At the recent AGM Professor Carel Le Roux was elected on to the Board of IrSPEN. Professor John Reynolds, Chair, welcomed Professor Le Roux to [...]

Call to Action

December 10, 2013

Every patient deserves good nutritional care
This “call to action”, supported by European and Irish expert bodies and patient organisations, urges immediate Government action to address [...]

Malnutrition costing more than obesity – IMI

December 9, 2013

IrSPEN chair says malnutrition and associated issues are costing health system more than obesity – Irish Medical Independent
Disease-related malnutrition costs at least €1.4 billion per [...]

IrSPEN Refeeding Syndrome Guideline now published

November 19, 2013

IrSPEN have just published their first Guideline Document entitled the Prevention and Treatment of Refeeding Syndrome in the Acute Care Setting.
This guideline is systematically organized [...]

Patient Perspectives on Nutrition

September 24, 2013

Patient Perspectives on Nutrition was launched at the 10th Annual Meeting of European Patients’ Forum in Dublin on May 24th 2013. Download a copy here

IrSPEN receive award at MNI in Leipzig

September 17, 2013

Leipzig September 2013
Niamh Rice being presented with a cheque for €30,000 by the Medical Nutrition International Industry and ESPEN. This award is for the country [...]

IrSPEN HPN Recommendations published!

August 22, 2013

A Review of HPN in Ireland has just been published by IrSPEN. Our first report is on the status of home parenteral nutrition services for [...]

Journal Watch!

August 20, 2013

Articles of interest to members on Paediatric and adult malnutrition and drug-nutrient interactions in enteral feeding are published in July’s JPEN.
1. Mehta N, et al [...]

National Standard for Patient Discharge Launched by HIQA

August 7, 2013

Last year IrSPEN gave feedback to proposed standards on discharge information for patients being discharged back to the community. These are now launched and can [...]

MS Ireland – Calls for action on nutritional care for those with MS

July 26, 2013

Every patient deserves good nutritional care

IrSPEN wins €30k award for work on Malnutrition!

July 12, 2013

Each year the Medical Nutrition International Industry (MNI) gives an award to a country who displays they have made a difference in the battle against [...]

New paediatric definitions for malnutrition

June 12, 2013

ASPEN paediatric definitions of malnutrition

Alert regarding glutamine administration in critically ill

June 7, 2013

The recent REDOXS trial1 which used combined enteral and parenteral glutamine supplementation at high doses in critical illness, suggests there is a significant safety concern [...]

IrSPEN Media Coverage

May 23, 2013

The conference entitled :Effective Health Care Requires Good Nutritional Care was be held 24 May 2013, 9.15 – 13.30in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin.
Organised by [...]


May 23, 2013

The European Nutrition for Health Alliance today called on Minister Dr James Reilly to implement 4 key actions to combat malnutrition.
These are:
Public awareness and education
Mandatory [...]


May 22, 2013

Effective Health Care Requires Good Nutritional Care

24 May 2013, 9.15 – 13.30
Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin
Organised by the European Patients’ Forum, the Patient Network for medical [...]

REDOXS trial – important findings

April 19, 2013

REDOXS trial on use of IV and EN high dose glutamine supplementation and potential danger in early MOF or severely septic patients is now published [...]

Malnutrition: the hidden killer in healthcare systems

April 9, 2013

Letter to BMJ
Malnutrition BMJ letter

Nutrition and fluid balance must be taken seriously

April 9, 2013

Nutrition and Fluid balance BMJ

New Critical Care Nutrition Guidelines

January 16, 2013

Nutrition Support Algorithms and Reference documents for the Nutritional Managements of Critically ill adults have been produced by the Critical Care Programme. These have been [...]


January 3, 2013

Based on the evidence available for each item of the multimodal perioperative care pathway, the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery ( ERAS) Society, the International Association [...]


January 3, 2013

A great opportunity to receive   support for your research in difficult economic times is available through the   ESPEN Research Fellowships. For more information [...]

Intestinal Failure Course

January 3, 2013

ESPEN are hosting an Experts’ Course on Intestinal Failure (Course Director: Dr. Jon Shaffer)
Venue: Manchester, Salford Royal Hospital, UK
Date: 8-9th March 2013
For more information: Programme

NICE Quality Standard for Nutrition Support in Adults – November 2012

December 6, 2012

This quality standard covers adults (18 years and older) in hospital and the community who are at risk of malnutrition or who have become malnourished, [...]

PN weaning protocol for ICU to prevent overfeeding

November 27, 2012

free pdf article


November 27, 2012

Chlorhexidine containing medical devices and medicinal products
For more information see MHRA Alert – chlorohexidine.

IrSPEN Conference 2013!

November 23, 2012

Many thanks to all of you who attended our recent conference.
Integrating Nutrition into Medicine and Healthcare
IrSPEN Conference 2013
Dr Laura Healy produced the following Conference Highlights! [...]

Improving Nutrition and Hydration in Hospitals

October 4, 2012

Meeting to Launch NICE Quality Standard
14th November 2012, London
Chaired by Prof Marinos Elias Chair, Topic Expert Group Nutrition Support in Adults Quality Standard, [...]

Oral Nutritional Supplements to Tackle Malnutrition

September 20, 2012

The updated ONS Dossier now available to download
A summary of the evidence base

Managing Overgranulation tissue around PEG sites

August 15, 2012

Warriner L and Spruce P 2012
This paper by Linda Warriner and Pam Spruce describe a process for managing overgranulation tissue around gastrostomy sites, a common [...]

Hospital Food -Irish Times July 2012

July 25, 2012

New name, new Directors new strategy!

June 1, 2012

A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes this year.
We took the time to have significant strategy meetings to discuss the focus [...]

Diary dates for 2012!

April 3, 2012

See here for some dates for your diary for the coming year!

ASPEN position paper on IV fats

April 3, 2012

A.S.P.E.N. Position Paper: Clinical Role for Alternative Intravenous Fat Emulsions
Full paper available from here

Cost of DRM in Ireland

March 1, 2012

Cost Associated with DRM in Ireland
A recent publication from Rice and Normand establishes the annual public expenditure arising from the care of people with DRM [...]

Importance of diet in cancer prevention and management

February 1, 2012

Irish Times 24.1.12

Warsaw Declaration on Malnutrition

November 23, 2011

Fight against Malnutrition
The international Conference “Fight Against Malnutrition – Two decades of opportunities” took place in Warsaw on October 6th. ESPEN and POLSPEN [...]

Conference News!

October 12, 2011

National and International line up of speakers confirmed!
Inaugural IrSPEN Conference 2011

Impact of nutrition on patient outcomes

October 12, 2011

IMN 26.9.11

Annual BANS report 2010

July 8, 2011

British Artificial Nutrition Survey reports on numbers of children and adults in the community in the UK on either enteral or parenteral feeding.

BAPEN Nutrition Screening Week 2010

July 8, 2011

Incidence of Malnutrition in Irish Hospitals and care Homes.
KEY POINTS nsw 2010.

1 in 3 Irish are malnourished on admission to hospital

March 29, 2011

Recently published results of BAPEN Nutrition Screening Week which also looked at Irish hospital and care home patients found that more than 1in 3 people [...]

Mandatory malnutrition screening urged for elderly

February 23, 2011

Irish Times 22.2.11

New guidelines published on the surgical management of acute intestinal failure

January 21, 2011

The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland ( produced the following guidelines in Sept 2010
The surgical management of patients with acute intestinal failure

Tackling malnutrition: Need for a new approach

January 21, 2011

Report from IGG meeting Trim 26.11.10

IrSPEN SpR Nutrition Study Day

January 14, 2011

The inaugural IrSPEN Nutrition Study Day was held in RCPI On 7th January 2011.
The programme and all presentations are available under the courses and events [...]

A Picture of Ageing Research: Ireland, North and South

November 24, 2010,71278,en.html

‘20 million people in EU with malnutrition’ EU Parliament told

November 10, 2010

20 million people in EU  suffer from malnutrition;
The health-related costs of malnutrition are estimated to be as high as 120 billion euros per year
Nutrition Day [...]

Increased incidence of Malnutrition

November 8, 2010

32% of patients admitted to Irish hospitals are at risk of malnutrition, the majority of these (75%) being at high risk.
These are the results from [...]

Medical Independent

October 29, 2010

Launch coverage
Medical Independent 14th Oct 2010

Irish Medical Times

October 26, 2010

IrSPEN Launch

Irish Medical News

October 26, 2010

IrSPEN Launch

Launch of IrSPEN

September 24, 2010

IrSPEN launch to medical media September 2010
IrSPEN Press Release Sept 28th 2010

Safefood Nutrition Exchange Programme

September 24, 2010

Safefood Nutrition Exchange Flyer 2010-2011

Taskforce Needed to Tackle Malnutrition

June 18, 2010

A new report from UCD suggests that malnutrition in older people could be costing the State €1.5 billion a year.
Irish Medical Times 18.06.10 (PDF)

Irish Times: Report notes malnutrition threat to elderly

June 18, 2010

The UCD Institute of Food and Health has today issued a report that it says highlights the threat of malnutrition to the over 65s [...]

UCD IFH Nutrition and Ageing Report June 2010

June 18, 2010

The UCD Institute of Food and Health intends to translate its research activity into both the economic and policy spheres of Irish Society. In order [...]

BAPEN Consensus Guidelines on IV Fluid Therapy

June 8, 2010

From October 2006 the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, SARS, BAPEN Medical, the Intensive Care Society, the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and [...]

Prague Declaration – First Anniversary Approaches!

June 4, 2010

On 11th June ENHA joined with the Czech Presidency of the EU, EU health ministries, ESPEN, health care professionals and health insurance groups [...]

MEPs call for action on malnutrition by EU Commission

June 3, 2010

Members of the European Parliament’s Environment, Health and Food Safety committee this week voted for the third time for the European Commission to fund research [...]

Joint Trent BAPEN annual meeting

May 20, 2010

Joint Trent BAPEN annual meeting and Gastro-intestinal SpR Training Day
22nd September 2010, Leicester Tigers. PROGRAMME – to be confirmed
Enteral Nutrition

Suitability of PEG placement – Role [...]

Educational Program Helps Prevent Catheter-Associated Infections

May 18, 2010

(Albany, NY, February 9, 2010) To help consumers avoid the dangerous infections inherent with prolonged catheter use, the Oley Foundation has developed a second module [...]