Long term care residents nutrition and hydration statuses are tracked by state and federal surveyors. Elderly population malnutrition is associated with poor clinical outcomes and increased mortality.
Residents with severe malnutrition are also at increased risk for developing a number of chronic medical conditions.
Carlson, RD , Deirdre, and Anita Kilmanis, RD, LDN. “What Long Term Care Dietitians Need To Know About the MDS 3.0: Dietitians On Demand.” Dietitians On Demand | Professional Recruiting Services for Contract and Permanent-Hire Positions., 30 Mar. 2021, dietitiansondemand.com/what-long-term-care-dietitians-need-to-know-about-the-mds-3-0/.
For enteral Covid-19 patients, feeding tube placement and aspiration are potential aerosol generating procedures.
Tip to decrease Covid-19 exposure due to aerosol generating procedures: Decrease exposure by quicker gastric tube placement rather than postpyloric placement.
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