Episode 2 BIFA series – Refeeding Syndrome

Podcast Episode

Episode 2 BIFA series – Refeeding Syndrome


The inaugural series of the BAPEN Podcasts has been dedicated to bringing to life the British Intestinal Failure Association (BIFA) top tips. This second episode, hosted by BAPEN Education Officer and Consultant Dietitian – Anne Holdoway, explores the topic of Refeeding Syndrome with two leading experts: Consultant Gastroenterologist, Dr Aminda de Silva and Clinical Specialist Dietitian, Peter Turner.

This insightful episode shares a wealth of knowledge on Refeeding Syndrome delivered through an easy-to-follow and digest conversation. Covering those at risk of refeeding syndrome, its management and prevention, the podcast provides transferable information for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dietitians, to apply in day-to-day practice.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Definition of refeeding syndrome
  • Risk criteria
  • Key steps to management and prevention in practice

Recommended reading:

  • Nightingale JMD, Turner P, De Silva A and the BIFA committee. BIFA Top Tips for preventing and managing refeeding syndrome https://www.bapen.org.uk/pdfs/bifa/bifa-top-tips-series-7-vol2.pdf Last accessed 28.03.2023
  • De Silva A, Nightingale JMD. Refeeding syndrome: physiological background and practical management Frontline Gastroenterology 2020;11:404–409. Last accessed 28.03.2023
  • Kalm LM and Semba RD. “They starved so that others can be fed better: Remembering Ancel Keys and the Minnesota Experiment,” Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 135, June 2005, 1347–1352. Last accessed 28.03.2023
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Nutrition support for adults: oral nutrition support, enteral tube feeding and parenteral nutrition Clinical guideline (CG32) February 2006, updated August 2017. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg32 Last accessed 28.03.2023
  • Culkin A, White R. Refeeding syndrome. In: A pocket guide to clinical nutrition chapter 12 5th edition, 2018. Available for purchase from the British Dietetic Association https://www.peng.org.uk/publications-resources/pocket-guide.php