For more than 40 years, ASPEN has focused strategic efforts on reducing
the incidence of malnutrition. We tackle this effort on two fronts—through
educational support and resources to healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers, and through our advocacy work for malnutrition
prevention and treatment.
RESOURCES FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
ASPEN works tirelessly
to support clinicians, managers, and administrators in the detection, diagnosis, prevention,
and treatment of disease-related malnutrition. Below is a compilation of resources
from ASPEN and other organizations to help you deliver the most optimal
nutrition care to your patients.
On-Demand Educational Videos on Malnutrition
Busy professionals in any time zone and in any country will benefit these new, on-demand, educational short videos.
AHRQ Publishes New Report on Malnutrition NEW!
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published on August 30th, a new report on malnutrition in hospitalized patients and those readmitted. This 2016 data from the NIS database indicates a higher rate of malnutrition than the previously published 2013 statistical brief. This report also includes readmission data which demonstrates a continued higher readmission rate in patients with coded malnutrition in their index stay.
Malnutrition Matters Education
Program for Providers
The Malnutrition Matters Education Program, developed
by the ASPEN Malnutrition Committee, addresses the importance of diagnosing and
documenting malnutrition in hospital patients. These ready-to-use presentations can be used by nutrition clinicians in training
physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants on adult and
pediatric malnutrition. ASPEN members have free access to the presentations. Non-members
can purchase them for $20 each. Learn more.
Preterm and Neonatal Malnutrition Indicator Card NEW!
This card provides the recommended malnutrition indicators in preterm and neonatal populations, as well as recommended parenteral and enteral energy and protein intakes for neonates. These recommendations are from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The card is supported by Mead Johnson Nutrition. View card.
Improve Patient Outcomes: ASPEN’s Step-by-Step
Guide to Addressing Malnutrition
This detailed and easy to follow guide
provides the tools and resources to help you identify, document, code, and treat malnutrition in adult and pediatric
patients. With step-by-step guidance on care pathways and processes, you
will be able to better implement optimal nutrition care plans, measure the quality
of your team’s efforts in identifying and treating malnutrition, and improve patient
outcomes. Purchase guide.
Nutrition Care Pathways
The Nutrition Care Pathways indicate best practices and guide clinicians—step
by step—through the nutrition care process, from admission to discharge. Each
step in the pathway is supplemented with resources to use in developing nutrition
care plans for patients.
Malnutrition Awareness Week™,
September 23-27, 2019
An important step toward effectively treating malnutrition is to educate
healthcare professionals and consumers on the condition—from the detection and
diagnosis of malnutrition to treatment. Malnutrition Awareness Week was established
by ASPEN to do just that, through educational programming and resource
dissemination, to help everyone understand this often poorly diagnosed
The ASPEN Malnutrition Toolkit gives healthcare
professionals quick access to the latest resources and tools for screening,
assessing, and diagnosing malnutrition in both pediatric and adult patients. The
toolkit includes information for clinicians on how to improve patient outcomes
and assists administrators in nutrition coding and reimbursement processes, thus
decreasing costs and readmissions. Access toolkit.
Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQII) Toolkit
ASPEN has partnered with Defeat Malnutrition Today and the Malnutrition
Quality Improvement Initiative (MQII) to aid in the efforts to detect and treat
malnutrition, particularly among older adults. Access MQII Toolkit.
RESOURCES FOR PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS
ASPEN has resources for consumers, patients, and caregivers on identifying
and understanding malnutrition. The information from these tools can be shared during
a patient’s visit with their healthcare provider.
Ask About Your Nutrition Posters
It is important for patients, as well as caregivers and families, to be
proactive and ask about their nutrition status. ASPEN has created two
educational posters to help you recognize the signs of malnutrition, so you can
talk to your healthcare provider about treatment. The posters are available in
English, Spanish, and Chinese.
How Do I Talk with My Healthcare Provider about Malnutrition? NEW!
Along with the “Ask About Your Nutrition” posters, this short, on-demand video will help patients and caregivers have productive conversations with their healthcare providers around their nutrition status. View the video.
does malnutrition look like? In some cases, it’s obvious. In others, it’s
harder to detect. But with greater awareness, patients will be treated earlier
and recover faster.
are some patient stories on nutrition.
Each day, approximately 15,000 hospital patients with malnutrition go undiagnosed.
Patients with malnutrition have higher hospital costs, longer stays, and
increased mortality. Get the facts on malnutrition and help us bring down these
Resources For Older Adults
The causes of malnutrition in older adults are a complex blend of physical, social, and psychological issues — from the loss of appetite due to depression to the inability to get to the store for groceries. Here are some resources to help seniors:
Resources For Children
- ASPEN Special
Report: Defining Pediatric
Malnutrition. Read report
- Consensus Statement of
the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/American Society for Parenteral and
Enteral Nutrition: Indicators Recommended
for the Identification and Documentation of Pediatric Malnutrition (Undernutrition). Read
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Recognition
and Management of Malnutrition. See overview. Download in English or Spanish.
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Pathway for Identification and Diagnosis of Inpatient Pediatric
Malnutrition (Undernutrition). Read.
ASPEN ADVOCACY FOR MALNUTRITION PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
ASPEN is continuously working
to address malnutrition as a public health issue through governmental and
regulatory engagement. Below are just some of the projects ASPEN is working on
in this area.
HCUP Data Project—Using National
Inpatient Data to look at Malnutrition and Patient Outcomes
Characteristics of Hospital
Stays Involving Malnutrition, 2013 (PDF, HTML)
Following Hospital Stays for Patients With Malnutrition, 2013 (PDF, HTML)
The Joint Commission—The Joint Commission was asked by ASPEN to consider
malnutrition prevention a national patient safety goal. To that end, this article,
Addressing Disease-Related Malnutrition in Hospitalized
Patients: A Call for a National Goal, was
published in The Joint Commission
Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
State Initiatives—ASPEN leaders are
participating in State Resolutions and Commissions on malnutrition including
efforts in Ohio, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Texas.
- Tappenden K, Quatrara B, Parkhurst, ML, Malone
AM, Fanjiang G, Ziegler TR. Critical role of nutrition in improving
quality of care: An interdisciplinary call to action to address adult
hospital malnutrition. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr.
- Barker LA, Gout BS, Crowe TC. Hospital
malnutrition: prevalence, identification and impact on patients and the
healthcare system. Int J Environ Res Public Health.
- Fry DE, Pine M, Jones BL, Meimban RJ. Patient
characteristics and the occurrence of never events. Arch Surg.