5 Organizations Form Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition

Five healthcare organizations announced the formation of the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition to improve patient outcomes through nutrition intervention in hospitals.

The alliance is comprised of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the Society of Hospital Medicine and Abbott Nutrition. The Alliance recommends clinicians follow three steps to prevent and treat malnutrition in hospitals:

1.    Screen 100 percent of patients for malnutrition risk upon admission.
2.    Immediately prescribe nutrition to at-risk patients.
3.    Give every at-risk screened patient a documented nutrition care plan tailored to meet their needs from admission through discharge.

The Alliance also created a website, www.malnutrition.com, which has resources hospital-based clinicians can use to address malnutrition in hospitals.

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