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.
ASPEN observes December 10 as Human Rights Day. We take a moment to express the need to put the human rights-based approach at the heart of clinical nutrition practice. We express our gratitude to those who strive day to day to provide food and nutrition therapy to all patients and guarantee the respect of patient’s dignity. We continue to call for greater nutrition access to all malnourished and at-risk patients.
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RESOURCES FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
Here are resources to help clinicians detect, diagnose, prevent, and treat disease-related malnutrition.
VIDEOS/PODCASTS | INFOGRAPHICS | PRACTICE TOOLS
SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT TOOLS
VIDEOS AND PODCASTS 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.
Nutrition Intervention in Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Programs
Malnutrition is one of the few modifiable risk factors identified in Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) perioperative care pathways. This educational bundle on ERAS includes:
- Short video on how to implement an ERAS nutrition program
- Fact sheet on nutrition intervention in the ERAS pathway
- Podcasts on key perioperative nutrition ERAS publications:
Why Nutrition is Important Tip Sheets
Learn how to address and treat malnutrition in 1.) critically ill patients, 2.) cancer patients, and 3.) 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 .
Malnutrition Matters for Adult Patients Short Video 2018
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.
Addressing Malnutrition in Hospitalized Patients and the Use of Parenteral Nutrition in Adults (Short Video) 2018
Metabolism Matters (Malnutrition - Adult Patients) (Short Video) 2018
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.
SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT TOOLS
Screening Tools and Resources
- Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA®), For patients age 65 and above; Available in Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Sinhala, Spanish, Turkish and Thai
- Malnutrition Screening Tool (MST)
- Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST)
- Nutrition Risk Screening (NRS-2002)
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis – Nutrition Screening
Assessment Tools and Resources
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.
Administration for Community Living Nutrition Services
Through the Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program, ACL’s Administration on Aging (AoA) provides grants to states to help support nutrition services for older people throughout the country.
Malnutrition Awareness Week Senate Resolution: Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate to recognize Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM 2020. We need your help—please contact your local senators to support Senate Res. 716.
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.