Claude Roy Symposium - The pediatric aspect of hospital malnutrition
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This session will provide an overview of the prevalence and the consequences of pediatric hospital malnutrition and the tools that are available to screen children for malnutrition. The participants will be able to understand the challenges that are unique to the pediatric population and explore the possible solutions. The preliminary results of a pediatric multicenter study looking at hospital malnutrition will also be discussed.
Val Marchand, Presentation Description
This session will provide an overview of the prevalence and the consequences of pediatric hospital malnutrition and the tools that are available to screen children for malnutrition. The participant will be able to understand the challenges that are unique to the pediatric population and explore the possible solutions.
Véronique Bélanger, Presentation Description
Pediatric malnutrition can occur in hospital settings and has become a crucial issue in first-world countries. In Canada, only a few single-center studies described the prevalence of malnutrition using different criteria, although various definitions for malnutrition are used for the pediatric population. Moreover, only limited data are available on the indicators of malnutrition at admission and on the evolution of nutritional status during hospitalization of Canadian children. To provide information on the prevalence of malnutrition in hospitals while especially emphasizing the impact of hospitalization on Canadian pediatric children, the Malnutrition Task Force Work Group elaborated a multi-center study in which six Canadian university health care centers were invited to participate. To date, 291 children (ages 1 month to 18 years) were evaluated taking into account their anthropometric data at admission, during hospitalization (for a minimal period of 48h) and prior to discharge. Several parameters were used to determine the prevalence and the risk of acute and/or chronic malnutrition. Malnutrition was prominent in different groups, including premature infants, children with underlying disease, and those classified at high risk of malnutrition. While the pediatric population showed normal growth, there was a significant deceleration of growth observed specifically in well-nourished patients prior to discharge.
***Original Source: "2017 Annual Conference", Friday, May 26, 2017
Last Updated: June 26, 2017
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