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The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition Releases Patient Care Model

The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition (the Alliance), an interdisciplinary partnership of five prestigious organizations formed to improve patient outcomes through nutrition intervention, today released its recommended Nutrition Care Model.

Presented in a joint consensus paper published online June 4 in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the MEDSURG Nursing Journal, the model offers practical ways in which registered dietitian nutritionists, nurses, hospitalists, physicians and other hospital clinicians can collaborate to promptly diagnose and treat malnourished patients and those at risk for malnutrition. The paper will also be published in upcoming print issues of both publicatiopns as well as the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The consensus paper, "Critical Role of Nutrition in Improving Quality of Care: An Interdisciplinary Call to Action to Address Adult Hospital Malnutrition," represents recommendations from the Alliance emphasizing the following six principles:

1. Create an institutional culture where all stakeholders value nutrition
2. Redefine clinicians' roles to include nutrition care
3. Recognize and diagnose all malnourished patients and those at risk
4. Rapidly implement comprehensive nutrition interventions and continued monitoring
5. Communicate nutrition care plan
6. Develop a comprehensive discharge nutrition care and education plan.

"Providing effective nutrition intervention requires champions and collaboration among all disciplines involved in patient care," said Beth Quatrara, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CMRSN, Alliance representative from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Digestive Health department at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System. "Nurses are on the front lines of care, which means we are with the patients and their families every day. It's not just one person's job to provide nutrition to patients; it's everyone's responsibility."

"In developing the principles in this care model, it was very important to empower all clinicians and focus on the value of nutrition in the hospital setting," said Ainsley Malone, MS, RD, CNSC, LD, President-Elect of A.S.P.E.N. and Nutrition Support Dietitian for Mount Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "We looked at the challenges hospitals face and recommended ways to quickly screen all patients, immediately provide nutrition intervention when needed, and carry the plan through to discharge."

"Nutrition matters. The time is now to implement a novel, comprehensive nutrition care model that hospitals can leverage to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs," said Gary Fanjiang, MD, MBA, MS, Divisional Vice President, Scientific and Medical Affairs, Abbott Nutrition. "This model was created from an interdisciplinary perspective and leverages proven examples for success."

About the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition
The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition is an interdisciplinary partnership dedicated to raising awareness about malnutrition and championing for early nutrition screening, assessment and intervention in hospitals.  Founded in 2013, the Alliance is comprised of leaders from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.), the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and Abbott Nutrition. The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition is made possible with support from Abbott's nutrition business. For more information about the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, visit www.malnutrition.com.


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