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BAPEN unveils its ‘Decision Trees’ A new effective tool to enhance care for those at risk of malnutrition

BAPEN Meeting/Delivering Excellence in Clinical Nutrition Dec 3 2012 – As part of BAPEN’s on-going commitment to improve levels of care for those at risk of malnutrition in the UK BAPEN has introduced an innovative Decision Tree resource. The Decision Trees are designed by experts in their field and peer-reviewed by members of BAPEN council and offer a pragmatic and effective tool to assist in the care of those at risk of malnutrition and its consequences. The first Decision Trees are being presented at today’s BAPEN meeting, with more planned for launch in 2013.

Malnutrition remains all too common in a wide range of care settings including hospitals and the community, and as such has become the responsibility of a wide range of health care professionals in primary and secondary care. While many guidelines exist, the sources are varied, and often too thorough and in-depth for immediate easy use in the care setting. The BAPEN Principles of Good Nutritional Practice has been devised to draw together existing guidelines and evidence base, together with best practice where no research is possible, to produce Decision Trees to help guide all levels of health care professionals through the pathway of care of those with malnutrition

The first Decision Trees to be introduced are:

  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy: Diagnosis of Buried Bumper Syndrome
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy: Management of Buried Bumper Syndrome
  • Ethics and clinically assisted nutrition or hydration approaching the end of life
  • Naso Gastric (NG) Tube Insertion
  • Perioperative Nutrition
  • Refeeding Syndrome: Identification of those at risk

The new Decision Trees are available to all those healthcare professionals involved in the management of malnutrition. They are available free to BAPEN members here. Non-members can buy copies for a small fee from the BAPEN office Tel: 01527 457 850 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Decision Trees are produced by the members of BAPEN Education and Training committee and the Core Groups and associate organisations: BAPEN Medical, BPNG, BSPGHAN, NNNG, PENG, and PINNT.

For more information, interviews and comment:
Charlotte Messer or Helen Lawn
01892 525141/07928 700277/07879 818247