One in three patients is malnourished1. Malnutrition has a negative impact on patient outcomes—higher infection rates, longer hospital stays, and increased medical costs.
“Malnutrition is often undiagnosed, which is why ASPEN created Malnutrition Awareness Week. This year, we added on-demand videos to the program so healthcare professionals and consumers can access them anytime they want,” said Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FASPEN, senior director of clinical practice, quality and advocacy, ASPEN. The videos, along with a host of resources on malnutrition, can be found in the Malnutrition Solution Center at nutritioncare.org/Malnutrition
In addition to the videos and other new resources, this year’s program includes a series of educational events:
- Monday, 4 PM - 5 PM ET, webinar: “Diagnosing Malnutrition in the Obese Patient: A General Approach”
- Tuesday, 4 PM - 5 PM ET, webinar: “Putting the Neonatal/Preterm Malnutrition Indicators into Practice”
- Wednesday, 2 PM - 3 PM ET, Twitter chat: “The Role of Nutrition on Falls, Fractures and Patient Safety.” Participants can follow along using the hashtag #MAWchat2018.
- Wednesday, 4 PM - 5 PM ET, webinar: “Community Nutrition Resources: What is Available for the Discharged Patient?”
- Thursday, 4 PM - 5 PM ET, webinar: “Adult and Pediatric Nutrition Screening Systematic Review: Updates from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics”
- Friday, 12 PM - 1 PM ET, webinar: “Virtual Lunch with the Experts: Legislation for Malnutrition Prevention”
ASPEN is grateful to our champion-level sponsors—Abbott, GE Healthcare Systems, and Mead Johnson Nutrition—for helping to support this year’s programming,” added Guenter. “I encourage healthcare professionals and consumers to join us in raising and driving recognition, identification, and treatment by participating in Malnutrition Awareness Week September 24-28.”
About American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy and metabolism. Founded in 1976, ASPEN is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 6,500 members from around the world, ASPEN is a community of dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support clinical practice, research and education. For more information about ASPEN, please visit www.nutritioncare.org
About Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM
ASPEN started Malnutrition Awareness Week in 2012 with two webinars and a podcast. Each year, we expand our content and reach. In 2014, ASPEN received a Certificate of Special Recognition from US Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland for Malnutrition Awareness Week. In 2015, this award-winning program became a part of the National Health Observances Calendar
Today it is supported by more than 43 organizations who share our educational opportunities and messages with over 1 million healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers.
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Malnutrition Awareness Week is a registered trademark of ASPEN, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.