Malnutrition in Winter

Key points from BAPEN’s NSW 2010 Report:

  • Higher prevalence of malnutrition on admission to hospital in this survey than in previous two BAPEN surveys (2007, 2008)
  • More than 1 in 3 adults admitted to Hospital and screened over the 3 days of the survey according to ‘MUST’ criteria at risk of malnutrition
  • More than 1 in 3 adults admitted to Care Homes over the previous 6 months at risk of malnutrition
  • More than 1 in 5 adults admitted to Mental Health Units over the previous 6 months at risk of malnutrition
  • Continuity of nutritional care compromised as ‘handing on’ of malnutrition risk at discharge and between settings not routine
  • BAPEN’s ‘MUST’ most commonly used screening tool by participating centres
  • Survey in Republic of Ireland conducted for the first time in collaboration with the INDI

BAPEN thanks the 353 reporting centres in the UK and 46 in the Republic of Ireland which contributed to this Report covering the winter period. Reporters have received their data back so local information can be benchmarked against the national picture on ‘malnutrition’ and nutritional care policy and practice.

BAPEN also thanks the RCN and BDA together with the NPSA and government departments across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for their continuing support of this initiative, and to the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute for their collaboration.

All four seasons will eventually be covered by BAPEN’s Screening Weeks (final NSW11 takes place 5-7 April 2011) after which the data collected across all seasons will be amalgamated and compared thus providing a fuller picture on ‘malnutrition’ across the year in the UK.

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