Research shows that 1 in 3 hospitalized patients is malnourished upon admission.1-3
Prompt identification and treatment is required to reduce the detrimental impact of malnutrition on health and quality of life.
Overall, proper nutrition is as important to a patient’s recovery as medication or other standard protocols. If not addressed:
Clinicians are looking for ways to collaborate and provide better patient care. This case study illustrates how St. John’s staff improved the rate of nutritional screenings and reduced pressure ulcer rates at their care facilities by using a team approach.
The staff at St. John’s implemented steps to address their patients’ nutritional statuses and complication risk factors:
Using their decision tree, nursing staff at St. John supplemented diet with selective oral nutritional supplements and/or additives per protocol for at-risk patients.
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