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WEB150928 - Addressing Pediatric Malnutrition: A Carepath from Admission to Discharge

‐ Sep 28, 2015 5:30pm

Malnutrition Awareness Week will be held September 28th-October 2nd, 2015. This is the fourth annual A.S.P.E.N. Malnutrition Awareness Week Program. Malnutrition is common in hospitalized patients in the United States (US), and it is associated with unfavorable outcomes including higher infection rates, poor wound healing, longer lengths of stay, and higher frequency of readmission. The purpose of Malnutrition Awareness Week is to raise awareness in healthcare professionals to consider assessing and intervening earlier. Our focus this year will be on the provision of evidence-based tools and resources for practitioner to use when diagnosing and treating malnutrition. We will also bring awareness to the importance of addressing malnutrition at the community level. It’s important for the public to realize that they need to ask about their nutrition status and advocate for optimal nutrition care as much as possible.

In this webinar, we will launch the week's Malnutrition Awareness Week agenda with an overview of A.S.P.E.N.'s pediatric malnutrition publications along with a description of all the latest tools and resources for pediatric practitioners to use when they are evaluating patients. We have invited Jodi Wolff and Sandra Bouma to be our presenters with Dr. Mark Corkins as the moderator.

Learning Objectives:

  • Name 3 factors to consider when selecting a pediatric nutrition screening tool
  • Discuss the characteristics used to identify pediatric malnutrition.
  • Explain 3 reasons why it's important to document and code for pediatric malnutrition