SPRING, MD, July 25, 2018 -
Building on the
popularity and success of its annual Malnutrition Awareness Week, the
for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
has expanded the educational opportunities and resources that will be available
during this year’s event on September 24-28.
One in three patients is malnourished1.
Malnutrition has a negative impact on patient outcomes—higher infection rates,
longer hospital stays, and increased medical costs.
“During our 7th Annual Malnutrition Awareness Week,
healthcare providers, caregivers, and consumers can access even more
educational opportunities and resources than in prior years to better understand
the critical role nutrition plays in patient care,” said Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN,
FAAN, FASPEN, senior director of clinical practice, quality and advocacy,
ASPEN. “They can also gain a broader perspective on the life-altering impact of
malnutrition through our new series of patient
Busy professionals in any time zone and in any
country will benefit from ASPEN’s six new, on-demand short videos that educate
on nutrition screening and assessment, appropriate nutrition intervention for
malnourished patients, and malnutrition’s impact on metabolism and outcome in adult
and pediatric critically ill patients. These videos will be posted on the Malnutrition Solution Center at nutritioncare.org/malnutrition.
The videos are in addition to the educational
webinars that are a mainstay of Malnutrition Awareness Week.
Webinars with CE Credits
This year, the high-quality webinars ASPEN offers will educate healthcare
professionals and caregivers on nutrition screening methods for adults and children,
the latest developments in diagnosing malnutrition in obese patients, and key malnutrition
indicators in neonates. The webinars provide 1 hour
of CE credit each. Find the webinar
schedule at nutritioncare.org/MAWSchedule.
Malnutrition Awareness Week also has an added
emphasis on providing the information and tools consumers need to advocate for
themselves and their family members. They can join the “Community Nutrition
Resources: What is Available for the Discharged Patient?” webinar, the “Virtual
Lunch with the Experts: Legislation for Malnutrition Prevention,” and view the
on-demand video on “How Do I Talk with My Healthcare Provider.” In addition,
there are tools, patient stories, and resources for consumers in ASPEN’s Malnutrition
Join us for Malnutrition Awareness Week. For a
complete schedule, to register for any of the events, and to view the on-demand
videos, go to nutritioncare.org/maw.
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.
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
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