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Malnourished Patients – Tuesday Tube Facts

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An observational study found that in 416 patients, 31.7% were malnourished upon admission. Malnourished patients were significantly older (67.8 vs 57.6 years, P<.001) and had a lower BMI (26.2 vs 32.4 kg/m2, P<.001) than non malnourished patients.[1]

Malnourished patients had higher odds of having a LOS ≥3 days (2.38 [95% CI 1.45-3.88], P<.001) and higher odds of readmitting within 30 days.[1]

References:

  1. Lengfelder, L., Mahlke, S., Moore, L., Zhang, X., Williams, G., III and Lee, J. (2022), Prevalence and impact of malnutrition on length of stay, readmission, and discharge destination. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1002/jpen.2322

Addressing Malnutrition Early Saves Money – Tuesday Tube Facts

Addressing Malnutrition Early Saves Money – Tuesday Tube Facts

Addressing malnutrition early in the hospital reduced the average length of stay by 3.2 days in a Johns Hopkins study.*

This also provided a substantial cost savings of $1,514 per patient.*

* Tappenden, K., Quatrara, B., Parkhurst, M., Malone, A., Ganjiang, G., Ziegler, T.  Critical Role of Nutrition in Improving Auality of Care: An Interdisciplinary Call to Action to Address Adult Hospital Malnutrition. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2013; 37(4): 482-497