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It's ASPEN's Malnutrition Awareness Week™

from Contributed by American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)

Join the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) this week 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 percent of patients become malnourished, often during a hospital stay.

The 2016 week is scheduled to have three webinars and a chat with the experts. Visit the official Malnutrition Awareness Week website to register or find more information. more

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