oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Feeding the patient who cannot eat
The importance of nutritional support of the hospitalised patient is being increasingly recognised. Patients are frequently malnourished, with a recent study performed at Groote Schuur Hospital indicating that more than 40% of patients admitted for surgery were nutritionally depleted (C Hartman, 2000 - unpublished data). These figures are in agreement with published data from other centres where malnutrition rates approaching 50% of hospitalised patients have been reported. Of particular concern was that nutritional status was not adequately appreciated in 40% of these patients, and they did not receive additional nutritional support while in hospital.
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