This product is free for those who attended FNCE® 2017.
Nutrition Professionals have known that malnutrition is a problem since the publication of "The Skeleton in the Hospital Closet" report in 1974. Since then, research has shown that malnutrition affects 30-50% of patients, is linked to increased readmission rates and mortality and longer length of stay. Research has focused on diagnosing and treating malnutrition. However, the resources for applying this into a hospital system are lacking. This session will outline the barriers encountered, the strategies to overcome these barriers and the steps taken to sustain a multi-disciplinary malnutrition identification and treatment program across a large hospital system. Our journey focuses on a multi-site hospital system but can be translated to facilities of any size. This program aligns with the Academy’s strategic goal of eliminating all forms of malnutrition by empowering Academy members to implement similar programs to diagnose and treat malnutrition across the healthcare spectrum.
CPE Level: 3
Learning Codes: 3020, 5010, 7100
- Summarize three barriers to implementing a system-wide malnutrition program.
- Describe one method Florida Hospital took to overcome each barrier.
- Identify the five steps suggested to sustain the program.
- Ruth Hanson, RD, LD/N, CDE
Moderator and Program Planner
- Joseph Quinlan, MSH, RD, CSG, LD/N, FAND