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Malnutrition is treatable, but we must act now. With a rapidly growing population of older adults and sharp increases in chronic disease, the value of proper nutrition in the hospital setting has never been higher. Effective nutritional intervention must occur across the entire continuum of care. Research shows malnutrition significantly affects outcomes:

  • Patients with weight loss are at increased risk for readmission.1
  • Malnourished patients are 2 times more likely to develop a pressure ulcer in the hospital.2
  • Patients with malnutrition and weight loss have 3 times the risk for surgical site infection.3
  • 45% of patients who fall in the hospital are malnourished.4

Read the study overviews below to find out more about how malnutrition affects patient outcomes.

1Allaudeen N, et al. J Hosp Med. 2011;6:54-60.
2Banks M et al. Nutrition 2010;26:896–901.
3Fry DE, et al. Arch Surg. 2010;145:148-151.
4Bauer, JD et al. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2007:20:558-564.