As part of our on-going commitment to improve levels of care for those at risk of malnutrition in the UK we have introduced a new Decision Tree resource. The Decision Trees have been 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 and offer a pragmatic and effective tool to assist in the care of those at risk of malnutrition and its consequences.
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.
All Decision Trees are freely available to download below:
Foreword by Dr Sheldon Cooper MSc MRCP RNutr, Chair of BAPEN Education and Training Committee
Naso Gastric (NG) Tube Insertion – Decision Tree
Content under revision.
Ethics and clinically assisted nutrition or hydration approaching the end of life – Decision Tree
This decision tree is no longer available.
For further information on ethical decision-making in nutrition support we would recommend the following guidance: