Guiding principles for improving the systems and processes for ONS use
This guidance focusses on the use of ONS in the setting of community and primary care services for patients without complex nutritional needs. It does not seek to replicate the NICE clinical guideline CG 32: Nutrition Support for Adults, but does include the use of ONS in secondary care where this is likely to influence the use of ONS in the community.
Ten guiding principles have been developed to support local health economies the improve systems and processes when ONS are used for adults. These guiding principles should be used to support the appropriate identification and treatment of patient who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition and ensure access to appropriate nutrition services, whilst ensuring value for money and minimising waste.