That 1 in 3 patients are malnourished?
Patients diagnosed with malnutrition have a length of stay 3 times higher?
Surgical patients with malnutrition have a 4 times higher risk of pressure ulcer development?
The annual burden of disease-associated malnutrition across 8 diseases in the U.S. is $156.7 billion?
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We want to help patients, consumers and caregivers, clinicians, clinical nutrition managers, and healthcare administrators with the detection, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease-related malnutrition. We have the solutions to help you and your institution deliver optimal nutrition care. This page highlights ASPEN's resources and tools for you to help yourself, your patients, and your institution with this important clinical problem.
While a recent ASPEN survey found compliance with accreditation standards in completing a nutrition screen and most institutions have a nutrition assessment process, there is considerable heterogeneity in both use of tools and mechanisms for diagnosis, treatment of coding capture of malnutrition. Opportunities exist to improve practices for these processes in hospitalized patients.
Malnutrition Matters Education Program for Providers
The ASPEN Malnutrition Committee has created the Malnutrition Matters Education Program for providers to highlight the importance of addressing malnutrition in hospital patients.
Nutrition clinicians should use the slide presentations to educate hospital care providers—physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. They contain important facts and information for diagnosing and documenting malnutrition in adult and pediatric patients.
There are two ready-to-use presentations, one for each population, and they take only 10-15 minutes to present. These copyright-protected slides are not to be modified but can be included as part of another nutrition support-related presentation. Notes are included in the slide presentations and it is recommended that you review the key papers below to help brief you on the material. Learn more here.
Nutrition Care Pathways
The Nutrition Care Pathways allow clinicians to optimize their nutrition care processes by walking through and integrating each of the steps into the care of their patients. These pathways can be guides to best practices in nutrition care from admission to discharge. With each of the Nutrition Care Pathways is a series of Resources that one can use to help with that care step.
*Access the care pathways and other valuable resources here.
If you are a Clinician, Clinical Nutrition Manager, or Healthcare Administrator, you understand the importance of incorporating optimal nutrition care processes into everyday care to improve patient outcomes.
ASPEN has developed a number of resources for you and your nutrition care team to use in a variety of settings in order understand malnutrition and to be able to identify, document, code, and treat this condition. These resources allow you the ability to implement an optimal nutrition care plan, measure quality of your team efforts, and improve value to your patients.
Available Now: Improve Patient Outcomes: ASPEN’s Step-by-Step Guide to Addressing Malnutrition. This guide provides the tools, resources, care pathways, and processes to reach these important care goals and improve value to patients.
Optimal Nutrition as a Patient Safety Goal: What ASPEN Is Doing to Help
Malnutrition Awareness Week™: As an important step toward effectively treating malnutrition is raising awareness about it. ASPEN has named “Malnutrition Awareness Week™,” to help bring awareness through educational programming and resource dissemination to help clinicians understand this often poorly diagnosed condition.
Malnutrition Toolkit: The ASPEN Malnutrition Toolkit allows healthcare professionals to quickly access the latest articles, tools, educational opportunities, and websites to screen, assess, and diagnose malnutrition in your care setting. Both pediatric and adult practice tools are available to help you meet the needs of your patients. and administrators by helping to increase nutrition coding and reimbursement and improving patient outcomes, thus decreasing cost and readmissions.
ASPEN has brought together a number of resources for consumers, patients, and caregivers to help you understand malnutrition, and be able to identify this condition. These tools are available without cost and can be printed out for you to take to your healthcare provider.
As an important step toward understanding this condition its important to ask about your nutrition. ASPEN has created two informative consumer posters entitled, Ask About Your Nutrition and the Ask About Your Child's Nutrition. We encourage you to use this poster as an educational tool for you and your loved ones and share the results with your healthcare providers. The posters are also available in Spanish below.
The Self-MNA® Mini Nutritional Assessment is a simple tool that can be used by adults 65 years of age and older or their caregivers. This new tool has been scientifically validated and is as effective as the MNA® in identifying malnutrition. The Self-MNA® is available in four versions –the English Self-MNA® with Imperial or US customary measurements, the English Self-MNA® with metric measurements, the Spanish Self-MNA®, and the German Self-MNA®. Older adults may click on the desired version to download and complete the Self-MNA®. Results should be shared and discussed with a health care provider to help optimize nutrition and health.
National Council on Aging Nutrition Tools for Older Adults provides provides nutrition tips for the elderly with chronic diseases. Get tips and step-by-step guidance on how to improve your nutrition while managing a chronic condition.