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Malnutrition in the elderly is a serious problem, prevalent in both hospitals and care homes. Due to the absence of a gold standard for malnutrition, herein we evaluate the efficacy of five nutritional screening tools developed or used for the elderly. Elected medical records of elderly patients 86 men and 55 women, aged
Our new approach to audit was going to be very different in order to effectively drive improvement. Every ward would be required to participate in repeated monthly audits with feedback shared at all levels. The findings would highlight our weakness. It was a bumpy journey.
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National professional guidelines and Kosthandboka nutrition manual provide advice on how healthcare services can prevent and treat undernutrition. Screening for nutritional status must be performed regularly for all patients. Without good screening routines, it may be difficult to detect undernutrition.
Nutritional screening is a first-line process of identifying patients who are already malnourished or at risk of becoming so; nutritional assessment is a detailed investigation to identify and quantify specific nutritional problems Bond, Good nutrition is fundamental for health, healing and recovery from illness and injury. Malnutrition is associated with muscle wasting, impaired respiratory and cardiac function, decreased mobility Lennard-Jones, ; susceptibility to infection and delayed wound healing Chandra, ; Windsor et al, ; depression and lethargy Brozek, Hospital complications, mortality and unplanned readmission rates rise, inpatient treatment is prolonged Robinson et al, ; Sullivan,