Join the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) for their fifth annual Malnutrition Awareness Week™. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness in healthcare professionals to consider assessing and intervening earlier and for the pubic to realize that they need to ask about their nutrition status and advocate for optimal nutrition care as much as possible.
In 2009, ASPEN recognized a need for greater awareness of malnutrition, which is common in hospitalized patients in the United States and is associated with unfavorable outcomes including higher infection rates, poor wound healing, longer lengths of stay, and higher frequency of readmission. Not unexpectedly, these outcomes are associated with increased costs. In some studies, 30-50% of patients become malnourished, often during a hospital stay.
The 2016 week is scheduled to have three webinars* and a chat with the experts:
Improving Malnutrition from the Physician Perspective*
Combating Malnutrition in Spanish Speaking Population: Available Programs and Resources*
Malnutrition Interventions and Programs for Older Adults*
Aging Does Not Matter: Malnutrition in the Aging Population
Visit the official Malnutrition Awareness Week site to register or for more information about the week.