Nutrition care practices in hospital wards: results from the Nutrition Care Day Survey 2010

Agarwal, Ekta, Ferguson, Maree, Banks, Merrilyn, Batterham, Marijka, Bauer, Judith, Capra, Sandra and Isenring, Elisabeth (2012) Nutrition care practices in hospital wards: results from the Nutrition Care Day Survey 2010. Clinical Nutrition, 31 6: 995-1001. doi:10.1016/j.clnu.2012.05.014


Author Agarwal, Ekta
Ferguson, Maree
Banks, Merrilyn
Batterham, Marijka
Bauer, Judith
Capra, Sandra
Isenring, Elisabeth
Title Nutrition care practices in hospital wards: results from the Nutrition Care Day Survey 2010
Journal name Clinical Nutrition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-5614
1532-1983
Publication date 2012-12-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.clnu.2012.05.014
Volume 31
Issue 6
Start page 995
End page 1001
Total pages 7
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background & aim: This paper describes nutrition care practices in acute care hospitals across Australia and New Zealand.

Methods: A survey on nutrition care practices in Australian and New Zealand hospitals was completed by Directors of dietetics departments of 56 hospitals that participated in the Australasian Nutrition Care Day Survey 2010.

Results: Overall 370 wards representing various specialities participated in the study. Nutrition risk screening was conducted in 64% (n = 234) of the wards. Seventy nine percent (n = 185) of these wards reported using the Malnutrition Screening Tool, 16% using the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (n = 37), and 5% using local tools (n = 12). Nutrition risk rescreening was conducted in 14% (n = 53) of the wards. More than half the wards referred patients at nutrition risk to dietitians and commenced a nutrition intervention protocol. Feeding assistance was provided in 89% of the wards. "Protected" meal times were implemented in 5% of the wards.

Conclusion: A large number of acute care hospital wards in Australia and New Zealand do not comply with evidence-based practice guidelines for nutritional management of malnourished patients. This study also provides recommendations for practice.
Keyword Australasian Nutrition Care Day Survey
Dietary interventions
Evidence-based guidelines
Malnutrition
Nutrition risk
Screening
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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