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We remain concerned about malnutrition amongst older people, both in hospital and the community. Malnutrition has been identified as a major public health problem in hospitals, the risk of malnutrition is 34 per cent for those 80 years and older.
The Food, Fluid and Nutritional Care Standards require all patients admitted to hospital in Scotland to be nutritionally screened within 48 hours of admission to identify those at risk of or already suffering from malnutrition. There are no such standards available for people living in the community. The British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition recommend that a nutritional screening tool should used with new patients attending their general practitioner, in vulnerable groups, and in those for whom there is clinical concern.
There is no published data from Scotland on current practices for nutritional screening although there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that screening does take place in some areas.
The British Association Of Parenteral And Enteral Nutrition
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