Pathway Background and Objectives
Ketogenic and modified ketogenic diets are high fat, low carbohydrate diets used as evidence-based treatment for intractable seizures. These pathways were developed to aid with initiation of these diets for established neurology patients at Connecticut Children’s. Initiation of the diets can be complicated, and can lead to need for medical assessments and interventions to treat dehydration and hypoglycemia. These pathways help to decrease unnecessary variation of care and help to promote safe, effective, standardized and consistent care for all patients who are starting a ketogenic or modified ketogenic diet.
Specifically, the objectives of these pathways are to:
- Establish medical and safety standards of care for the initiation of the ketogenic diet and modified ketogenic diet
- Standardize the diet education for the caregivers
- Promote improved tolerance to the ketogenic diets, with fewer side effects
- Educate medical staff on ketogenic diets as treatment for seizures