Despite increasing awareness and diagnosing of malnutrition and its effects, one in three patients continue to be malnourished with an annual cost of $156.7 billion for disease-related malnutrition in the U.S. across eight diseases. Malnutrition is now also becoming a leading cause of hospital re-admissions and increased health care costs. Thus, treatment and prevention programs are now even more imperative. The purpose of Malnutrition Awareness Week is to continue to raise awareness of malnutrition and its negative effects on individuals and health care costs. In addition, Malnutrition Awareness Week activities intend, to provide specific strategies for addressing and implementing programs and resources to combat malnutrition within the hospital and community settings. This webinar will address the feasbility of providing cost effective oral nutrition supplements (ONS) to malnourished patients in the hospital and how standardization of administration can improve patient outcomes.
Define inadequate oral intake and provide examples of etiology in childre
Describe how inadequate oral intake can lead to malnutrition
Explain the psychological dynamics involved for caregivers in deciding to initiate and discontinue enteral nutrition
Describe how initiation and discontinuation of enteral nutrition has a greater success rate when completed with a multi-disciplinary feeding team