British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA) Ltd
Many specialist nutrition products are designed to meet the nutritional or dietary needs of patients living with a disease, disorder or medical condition, who are temporarily or permanently unable to achieve a suitable nutritional intake from normal foods.
Specific disease states or medical conditions addressed include inborn errors of metabolism, protein allergy in infants, coeliac disease, patients who are unable to swallow, for example after a stroke, and patients where the digestive tract is not functioning or not functioning normally.
Specialist nutrition supports positive health outcomes and reduces costs to the NHS
Specialist nutrition products may also be used by some healthy population groups, such as babies and young children, if required.
Our members’ product ranges are designed to give healthcare professionals the scope to select nutritional solutions that are accurately targeted to support specific treatment regimes and to enhance patient recovery.
Some of these products are designed to support patients who are able to consume food normally. But for those who cannot eat unaided – in hospitals, long term care and hospice environments and also at home – our members market a range of special enteral nutrition products and delivery systems.
For mothers who are unable, or choose not to, breastfeed, our members produce infant formula, the only safe alternative for babies. Our members also produce weaning and baby foods that are specifically designed to meet the nutritional requirements of young children up to three years old.
Medical Foods: Infant FSMP
Some infants have an inability to digest or absorb certain nutrients, which means that they are unable to tolerate a normal diet. To meet their nutritional requirements for growth they require specially developed feeds that can be better tolerated.
Medical Foods: Enteral Foods
If a patient cannot swallow, nasogastric or gastrostomy/jejunostomy feeding by tube directly into the digestive tract is essential.