The current situation
Malnourished patients are significantly more likely than well-nourished patients to experience hospital readmissions.1-4
How can you and your care team reduce the number of avoidable readmissions?
Collaborate with peer clinicians to identify patients at risk of readmissions and take an active role in nutritional care from admission through discharge.
- 30-day readmission rates decreased from 16.5% to 7.1% after instituting of a comprehensive nutrition pathway from inpatient to post-discharge.5
Rapid nutrition intervention is important to your patients’ recovery.
Nutrition care has been shown to improve patient outcomes:
- Patients who received oral nutrition supplements in addition to dietary counseling experienced significantly fewer readmissions (26%), versus dietary counseling alone (48%).6
- Patients who received oral nutrition supplements, in addition to food for 6 weeks, experienced significantly lower readmissions (29%), versus food alone (40%).7
How can your hospital’s procedures be enhanced to help reduce avoidable readmissions?
- Recognize and diagnose all patients at risk of malnutrition
- Identify patients at risk of readmission with facility-specific screening tools, like the Malnutrition Screening Tool.
- Utilize and maximize your nutritional screening process to help identify patient targets.
- Rapidly implement nutrition interventions and continue monitoring your patients
- Enhance standing orders to include automatic nutrition intervention for patients at risk of malnutrition.
- Promote teamwork between nutrition services and nursing to educate patients on the benefits nutrition.
- Develop a discharge plan for patient nutrition care and education
- Create a discharge plan that includes nutrition education and instructions.
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