New scheme to develop malnutrition care plans for nurses

The Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community guide has joined forces with the National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG) to develop three malnutrition care plans for use with patients in residential and care homes who are either at low, medium or high risk of malnutrition.

The care plans have been designed to complement the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community guide and pathway for use of oral nutritional supplements and aim to assist nurses in their day to day care of patients at risk of malnutrition. They are free to download at: www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk/careplans

Liz Evans, nutrition nurse specialist and chair of the NNNG, said: ‘With public health expenditure on disease-related malnutrition now costing in excess of £13 billion per year and malnourished individuals costing the NHS more than twice as much to treat as non-malnourished individuals, the nurse’s role in ensuring these patients are being correctly assessed, treated and monitored is paramount.

Anne Holdoway, registered dietitian and chair of the consensus panel that developed the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community document, said: ‘Malnutrition is a particular problem in care homes across the country and we know from national surveys that more than one in three residents are at risk of malnutrition.’

The care plans and a full copy of the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community document are available free for healthcare professionals to download from the www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk website. The website contains an array of resources and background information including videos, an app and patient leaflets to assist professionals dealing with patients at risk of malnutrition.

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