Malnutrition Awareness Week 2020
05 Oct 2020
Malnutrition occurs when people cannot consume the nutrients they need to stay healthy. This consistent lack of energy, protein, or micronutrients in the diet often leads to compromised health outcomes such as an increase in mortality risk and slower recovery times.
This is especially prevalent in healthcare settings, despite great advances in medical care. Patients often see their nutritional status deteriorate during hospital stays due to missed mealtimes, pre-surgery fasting, and general unwellness.
Malnourished emergency department patients also cost 18,600+ more than non-malnourished patients.
Health economics is important to consider when it comes to healthcare, where early identification and treatment is paramount.
Malnourished patients are 1.6 times more likely to be readmitted, at great cost and stress to the patient and their family.