Nutrition care practices in hospital wards: Results from the Nutrition Care Day Survey 2010

Ekta Agarwal, Maree Ferguson, Merrilyn Banks, Marijka Batterham, Judith Bauer, Sandra Capra, Elisabeth Isenring

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Abstract

BACKGROUND & AIM: This paper describes nutrition care practices in acute care hospitals across Australia and New Zealand.

METHODS: A survey on nutrition care practices in Australian and New Zealand hospitals was completed by Directors of dietetics departments of 56 hospitals that participated in the Australasian Nutrition Care Day Survey 2010.

RESULTS: Overall 370 wards representing various specialities participated in the study. Nutrition risk screening was conducted in 64% (n = 234) of the wards. Seventy nine percent (n = 185) of these wards reported using the Malnutrition Screening Tool, 16% using the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (n = 37), and 5% using local tools (n = 12). Nutrition risk rescreening was conducted in 14% (n = 53) of the wards. More than half the wards referred patients at nutrition risk to dietitians and commenced a nutrition intervention protocol. Feeding assistance was provided in 89% of the wards. "Protected" meal times were implemented in 5% of the wards.

CONCLUSION: A large number of acute care hospital wards in Australia and New Zealand do not comply with evidence-based practice guidelines for nutritional management of malnourished patients. This study also provides recommendations for practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)995-1001
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Nutrition
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Malnutrition
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Nutritionists
Nutrition Surveys
Evidence-Based Practice
Hospital Departments
Practice Guidelines
Meals
Surveys and Questionnaires

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Agarwal, Ekta ; Ferguson, Maree ; Banks, Merrilyn ; Batterham, Marijka ; Bauer, Judith ; Capra, Sandra ; Isenring, Elisabeth. / Nutrition care practices in hospital wards : Results from the Nutrition Care Day Survey 2010. In: Clinical Nutrition. 2012 ; Vol. 31, No. 6. pp. 995-1001.
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