oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Agreement between estimated and measured heights and weights in hospitalised patients - a restrospective study : short communication



The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) estimates that about 30% of all hospital patients are undernourished and need special nutritional care. ESPEN advises that all patients be screened for nutritional risk on admission. An ideal nutritional risk screening tool should be simple and quick to use by nursing staff when admitting patients to hospital. Tools recommended by ESPEN are the NRS 2002, MUST and MNA - all of which utilise body mass index (BMI = kg/m2) and require accurate recording of a patient's height and weight.


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