BAPEN adult malnutrition guideline

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A summary on the identification and management of adult malnutrition in the community. Includes the ‘MUST’ tool and a treatment algorithm.

The following Guidelines summary describes the management of adult malnutrition, as found in BAPEN (British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition), and covers:

  • Identification of malnutrition—nutrition screening
    • when to screen
    • recommended screening frequency
  • Management of malnutrition
    • algorithm: managing malnutrition according to risk category using ‘MUST’
    • goal setting
    • monitoring intervention
  • Optimising nutritional intake
    • algorithm: pathway for using nutritional supplements in the management of malnutrition
    • NICE guidance
    • dietary advice to optimise nutritional intake
    • oral nutritional supplements to optimise oral intake
    • range and selection of products
    • commencing and discontinuing ONS

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