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Improving nutrition for older people in acute settings

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2016
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This learning module explores why older people in hospital can be at high risk of becoming malnourished and the effect hospital admission can have on their nutrition and fluid intake. It makes suggestions for addressing these issues, and encourages nurses to look at the nutritional care provided in their clinical area and consider how patients' experiences can be improved. Nutritional screening and care plans are discussed.

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Carolyn Best, Nutrition nurse specialist, nutrition and dietetic department, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Winchester, England.
Helen Hitchings, Nutrition and Dietetic Service lead, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Basingstoke, England.


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