First Screening Day in Latin America – United in the Fight against Disease-Related Malnutrition
106 hospitals throughout Latin America participate in the first Screening Day
Disease-related malnutrition and caloric deficit in critically ill patients is highly prevalent and leads to poor clinical outcomes. It can affect patients in various hospital settings, irrespective of weight and age. Worldwide, between 20 and 50 percent of hospital patients are at risk of disease-related malnutrition.1,2,3,4,5,6,7 A key to prevention and treatment is appropriate screening patients’ nutritional status.
As a global healthcare company specializing in clinical nutrition, Fresenius Kabi teamed up with 106 hospitals in seven Latin American countries for their first ‟Screening Day Latin America” between October and December 2015. As part of its multinational ‟United for clinical nutritionʺ initiative, the company collaborated with hospitals in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Chile, and Argentina to evaluate the nutrition status as well as current nutrition therapy in critically ill patients. Brazil is scheduled to host its nationwide screening day in 2016.
‟Appropriate clinical nutrition is of vital importance to patient recovery, ʺ says Prof. Jean-Francois Baron, Senior Vice President and Medical Director of Fresenius Kabi in Latin America. ‟Early identification regardless of age or condition is crucial to enable appropriate treatment. It is essential that healthcare professionals are aware of this.ʺ
Data from more than 1,000 patients will generate insight in frequency and extent of disease-related malnutrition, and current nutritional management of hospitalized critically ill patients.
These results are the basis to improve clinical protocols and practice to decrease the risk of disease-related malnutrition. Fighting disease-related malnutrition can reduce complications, costs and can shorten hospital stays.
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