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Do the skeletons in the hospital closet still exist? What do they eat?
Dietitians Association of Australia 29th National Conference (2011)
  • Ekta Agarwal, University of Queensland
  • Elizabeth Isenring, University of Queensland
  • Maree Ferguson, University of Queensland
  • Merrilyn Banks, University of Queensland
  • Judy Bauer, University of Queensland
  • Sandra Capra, The University of Queensland
Abstract
One aim of the Australasian Nutrition Care Day Survey (ANCDS) was to explore dietary intake and nutritional status of acute care hospital patients. Dietitians from 56 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand completed a 24-hour nutritional status and dietary intake audit of 3000 adult patients. Participants were evaluated for nutritional risk using the Malnutrition Screening Tool (MST). Those ‘at risk’ underwent nutritional assessment using Subjective Global Assessment (SGA). Dietitians observed participants’ dietary intake at each main meal and recorded mid-meal intake via participant interviews. Intakes were recorded as 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% of that offered for each meal during the 24-hour audit. Preliminary results for 1550 participants (males = 853; females = 697), age = 64 ± 17 years and BMI = 27 ± 7 kg/m2. Fifty-five percent (n = 853) of the participants had BMI > 25 kg/m2. The MST identified 41% (n = 636) ‘at risk’ for malnutrition. Of those ‘at risk’, 70% were assessed as malnourished resulting in an overall malnutrition prevalence of 30% (25% moderately malnourished, 5% severely malnourished). One-quarter of malnourished participants (n = 118) were on standard hospital diets without additional nutritional support. Fifty percent of malnourished patients (n = 235) and 40% of all patients (n = 620) had an overall 24-hour food consumption of ≤50% during the 24-hour audit. The ANCDS found that skeletons in the hospital closet continue to exist and that acute care patients continue to have suboptimal dietary intake. The ANCDS provides valuable insight into gaps in existing nutrition care practices.
Publication Date
May, 2011
Location
Adelaide, Australia
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1261/j.1747-0080.2011.01505.x
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Agarwal, E., Isenring, L., Ferguson, M., Banks, M., Bauer, J., & Capra, S. (2011). Do the skeletons in the hospital closet still exist? What do they eat? Nutrition and Dietetics. Special Issue: Dietitians Association of Australia 29th National Conference, 26-28 May 2011, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia, 68(s1), 7.

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Ekta Agarwal, Elizabeth Isenring, Maree Ferguson, Merrilyn Banks, et al.. "Do the skeletons in the hospital closet still exist? What do they eat?" Dietitians Association of Australia 29th National Conference (2011)
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