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

Journal Article


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 ¼ 234) of the wards. Seventy nine percent (n ¼ 185) of these wards

    reported using the Malnutrition Screening Tool, 16% using the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool

    (n ¼ 37), and 5% using local tools (n ¼ 12). Nutrition risk rescreening was conducted in 14% (n ¼ 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.

Authors


  •   Agarwal, Ekta (external author)
  •   Ferguson, Maree (external author)
  •   Banks, Merrilyn (external author)
  •   Batterham, Marijka
  •   Bauer, Judy (external author)
  •   Capra, Sandra (external author)
  •   Isenring, Elisabeth (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Agarwal, E., Ferguson, M., Banks, M., Batterham, M., Bauer, J., Capra, S. & Isenring, E. (2012). Nutrition care practices in hospital wards: Results from the Nutrition Care Day Survey 2010. Clinical Nutrition, 31 (6), 995-1001.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84870253101

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/276

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 995

End Page


  • 1001

Volume


  • 31

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands

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 ¼ 234) of the wards. Seventy nine percent (n ¼ 185) of these wards

    reported using the Malnutrition Screening Tool, 16% using the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool

    (n ¼ 37), and 5% using local tools (n ¼ 12). Nutrition risk rescreening was conducted in 14% (n ¼ 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.

Authors


  •   Agarwal, Ekta (external author)
  •   Ferguson, Maree (external author)
  •   Banks, Merrilyn (external author)
  •   Batterham, Marijka
  •   Bauer, Judy (external author)
  •   Capra, Sandra (external author)
  •   Isenring, Elisabeth (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Agarwal, E., Ferguson, M., Banks, M., Batterham, M., Bauer, J., Capra, S. & Isenring, E. (2012). Nutrition care practices in hospital wards: Results from the Nutrition Care Day Survey 2010. Clinical Nutrition, 31 (6), 995-1001.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84870253101

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/276

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 995

End Page


  • 1001

Volume


  • 31

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands