Malnutrition Solution Center

MAW20 Button ASPEN focuses on reducing the incidence of malnutrition by providing educational support and resources to healthcare professionals and consumers, and through our advocacy work for malnutrition prevention and treatment.

Mark your calendar for ASPEN Malnutrition Awareness Week 2020 on October 5 – 9 and visit this site regularly for new resources.
 

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RESOURCES FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

Below is a compilation of resources from ASPEN and other organizations to help clinicians and administrators in the detection, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease-related malnutrition.


ON-DEMAND VIDEOS ON MALNUTRITION

Busy professionals in any time zone and in any country will benefit from these educational videos.


INFOGRAPHICS ON MALNUTRITION

Each day, approximately 15,000 hospital patients with malnutrition go undiagnosed. Patients with malnutrition have higher hospital costs, longer stays, and increased mortality. Please share these infographics on malnutrition with colleagues, patients and their families. 

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NEW! Malnourished Hospitalized Patients - Racial, Age, and Income Disparities 

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NEW! Malnourished Hospitalized Patients - Readmission Rates 

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NEW! Malnourished Emergency Department Patients 

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Malnourished Hospitalized Patients Are Associated with Higher Costs, Longer Stays & Increased Mortality Infographic

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The Impact of Malnutrition in the US and the UK

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Malnutrition: An Older Adult Crisis

 


PRACTICE TOOLS

Why Nutrition is Important_Critically Ill Patient_ThumbnailNEW! Why Nutrition is Important Tip Sheets
Learn how to address and treat malnutrition in critically ill patients, cancer patients, and patients over the age of 65




Helping Assess and Diagnose Malnutrition in Your Adult Patients
This one-sheet contains a compilation of resources from ASPEN and Nestlé Health Science to help clinicians with nutrition assessment and treatment of malnutrition.

Malnutrition Matters Slide Deck 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 
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.

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. Adult Nutrition Care Pathway  Pediatric Nutrition Care Pathway

Malnutrition Toolkit
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.   

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Click here to read malnutrition-related papers from ASPEN and other organizations.  

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    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 — Using National Inpatient Data to look at Malnutrition and Patient Outcomes

    • Non-Maternal and Non-Neonatal Inpatient Stays in the United States Involving Malnutrition, 2016 ( PDF)
    • Characteristics of Hospital Stays Involving Malnutrition, 2013 ( PDF , HTML
    • All-Cause Readmissions Following Hospital Stays for Patients With Malnutrition, 2013 ( PDF , HTML)

    The Joint Commission published Addressing Disease-Related Malnutrition in Hospitalized Patients: A Call for a National Goal in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Malnutrition Awareness WeekSenate Resolution: In 2019, Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced a resolution in the US Senate to recognize Malnutrition Awareness Week 2019. It is anticipated that this resolution will be reintroduced over the next few weeks to call attention to Malnutrition Awareness Week 2020. When the bill is introduced, hopefully in early September, we will ask for your help by contacting your Senators to support this resolution. 

VIDEO

Cartagena Declaration Video
FELANPE has released a short video explaining the Cartagena Declaration, an international declaration on the right to nutritional care and the fight against malnutrition. The declaration was signed by all FELANPE presidents on May 3, 2019. Watch the video here.  

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  1. 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. 2013;37:482-497. 
  2. Barker LA, Gout BS, Crowe TC. Hospital malnutrition: prevalence, identification and impact on patients and the healthcare system. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011;8:514-527. 
  3. Fry DE, Pine M, Jones BL, Meimban RJ. Patient characteristics and the occurrence of never events. Arch Surg. 2010;145(2):148-151.