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One in three hospital admissions ‘at risk of malnutrition’

18th March 2011

More than a third of people admitted to hospital are at risk of malnutrition, a new report suggests.

Nutrition charity Bapen surveyed 185 UK hospitals and found the overall prevalence of malnutrition on admission to be 34 per cent – up from 28 per cent in its last survey.

More than a fifth of all admissions were deemed to be at high risk of malnutrition.

The charity's winter screening survey also revealed that 37 per cent of adults recently admitted to care homes and almost a fifth of those admitted to mental health units were at risk.

Christine Russell, chair of Bapen's Nutrition Screening Week project, said: "It is critical that all [patients] are screened for malnutrition on admission and an appropriate nutritional care plan instigated."

According to Age UK's 'Still Hungry to be Heard' report, 239 patients were reported to have died because of malnutrition in hospitals in England in 2007.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800468067-ADNFCR

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