A small child puts his hands around the face of an old man, both of them smiling.



Americans may not look malnourished, but many are – especially among the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.

In fact, one in three people admitted to hospitals in the United States suffers from malnourishment.1 Many more become malnourished over the course of their hospital stay.

In a hospital, malnutrition is serious. A malnourished patient heals more slowly. Thirty-day readmission rates are higher among patients suffering from poor nutrition. Malnutrition can mean longer stays, higher costs and higher mortality rates. Poor nutrition also contributes to higher risk of hospital-acquired infections, falls and other complications.

To improve nutrition care in hospitalized patients, Abbott helped establish the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition. This group encompasses four organizations – the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Society of Hospital Medicine and Abbott.

“The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition is a call to action,” said Abby Sauer, MPH, RD, Scientific & Medical Affairs, Abbott. “We’re advocating for more systemized nutrition care practices and more interdisciplinary collaboration.”

hospital_alt text

The coalition believes that every incoming patient should receive a nutrition screening and assessment, intervention if appropriate and a nutrition education plan upon discharge. The alliance offers a Nutrition Care Model Toolkit, with helpful tools and checklists for hospitals, available at http://malnutrition.com/getinvolved/hospitalnutritiontoolkit.

The alliance is currently creating educational resources and supporting nutrition care process implementation in U.S. hospitals to help pinpoint best practices for this life-saving initiative.

1. The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition. Coats KG et al. J Am Diet Assoc 1993; 93: 27-33. Giner M et al. Nutrition 1996; 12: 23-29; Thomas DR et al. Am J Clin Nutr 2002; 75: 308-313.
2. Among Medicare patients aged 65 and over with any diagnosis who could be tracked for readmission. Lakdawalla D SJ, Perlroth D, LaVallee C, Linthicum M, Philipson T. “Oral nutrition supplements' impact on hospital outcomes in the context of the Affordable Care Act and new Medicare reimbursement policies.” The 35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, pages 1–29, https://smdm.confex.com/smdm/2013md/webprogram/Paper7814.html. Accessed in 2013.

  • share_alt text Share
  • print_alt text Print
  • download_alt text Download PDF
FINDING THE UPSIDE IN NUTRITIONAL NEEDS For people admitted to a hospital, malnutrition is a serious complicating factor. Malnourished patients heal more slowly. Malnutrition means longer stays, higher costs and higher mortality rates. Now Abbott is working to improve nutrition for hospital patients by helping to establish the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, a group of dedicated medical professionals working together to promote good nutrition for better outcomes. It’s “a call to action,” says Abby Sauer, MPH, RD, Scientific and Medical Affairs, Abbott. The alliance promotes nutrition education for healthcare professionals and offers a convenient toolkit for nutritional assessments – with the broader goal of improving nutrition to speed healing and save lives. That's the Upside.

You are about to exit for another Abbott country or region specific website

Please be aware that the website you have requested is intended for the residents of a particular country or region, as noted on that site. As a result, the site may contain information on pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other products or uses of those products that are not approved in other countries or regions.

The website you have requested also may not be optimized for your specific screen size.

Do you wish to continue and exit this website?


You are about to exit the Abbott family of websites for a 3rd party website

Links which take you out of Abbott worldwide websites are not under the control of Abbott, and Abbott is not responsible for the contents of any such site or any further links from such site. Abbott is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Abbott.

The website that you have requested also may not be optimized for your screen size.

Do you wish to continue and exit this website?