Malnutrition Solution Center

MAW Solution Center Square For more than 40 years, ASPEN has focused on reducing the incidence of malnutrition through educational support and resources to healthcare professionals and consumers, and through our advocacy work for malnutrition prevention and treatment. 

Every September since 2012, we hold Malnutrition Awareness Week TM , our annual campaign to help everyone understand this often poorly diagnosed condition.

 HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS     |     CONSUMERS     |    ADVOCACY

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 SHORT VIDEOS ON MALNUTRITION

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

MAW HCUP Infographic 2019

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

US-UK Malnutrition Infographic

NEW! The Impact of Malnutrition in the US and the UK  

 

Malnutrition_An Older Adult Crisis_2019

NEW! Malnutrition: An Older Adult Crisis

 


PRACTICE TOOLS

NEW! 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.

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 identifydocument 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. 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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RESOURCES FOR CONSUMERS

Below are resources to help patients and caregivers identify and understand malnutrition, as well as tips on on talking to their healthcare providers.

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 multiple languages.

FOR ADULTS 
ASPEN Nutrition Poster-ADULT ENGLISH
English
Spanish
NEW! Arabic
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
FOR CHILDREN
ASPEN Nutrition Poster-CHILD-ENGLISH(1)
English
Spanish
NEW! Arabic
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese


Am I Malnourished 1 Sheet ThumbnailHow Do I Talk with My Healthcare Provider about Malnutrition?
This short, on-demand video will help patients and caregivers have productive conversations with their healthcare providers around their nutrition status.  View the video.

NEW! A Guide for Adults: How to Spot and Talk About Symptoms That Could Mean You’re Malnourished

This easy to follow 1-sheet summarizes the information shared in the How Do I Talk with My Healthcare Provider about Malnutrition video. View the guide.


Malnutrition Infographs
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. 

ASPEN HCUP Infographic 2019 Final Thumbnail

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

US-UK Malnutrition Infographic

NEW! The Impact of Malnutrition in the US and the UK

 

Malnutrition: An Older Adult Crisis

Malnutrition: An Older Adult Crisis

 


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:

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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.

    State Initiatives—ASPEN leaders are participating in State Resolutions and Commissions on malnutrition including efforts in Ohio (2016, signed into law), Massachusetts (2016, signed into law), Virginia (2017, signed into law), Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas.  

    MALNUTRITION AWARENESS WEEK 2018 PUBLIC POLICY COVERAGE

    2018 Congressional Statements for the Record
    Sen. Bob Casey
    Sen. Patty Murray
    Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
    Rep. Rosa DeLauro
    Rep. Lynn Jenkins
    Rep. Norma Torres
    Rep. Joyce Beatty
     
    2018 Facebook Posts
    Sen. Tim Kaine
    U.S. Administration on Aging
     
    2018 Articles
    Bob Blancato in The Hill

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    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.