Advancing the Malnutrition Agenda Part 1: Malnutrition in Hospitalized Patients
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Time: 12:30 - 13:30 ET
Speaker: Heather Keller, RD, PhD
This webinar series, sponsored by Abbott, will describe two specific strategies the CNS Canadian Malnutrition Task Force is pursuing to advance the malnutrition agenda in Canada.
The More-2-Eat studies were conducted between 2015 and 2019 and provide a basis for quality nutrition care practice in Canadian hospitals. Initially this research determined if the Integrated Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care could be feasibly implemented in Canadian hospitals. Five diverse hospitals implemented this best practice pathway for nutrition care in medical patients over a one year period. All hospitals implemented and sustained screening, Subjective Global Assessment, and medication pass of oral nutritional supplements. Improved care practices resulted in decreased barriers to food intake in hospital and a trend towards decreased length of stay. Phase 2, which was recently completed, involved the original sites, with additional units and six new hospitals. Practices were sustained in original hospitals and successfully taken up in new units and hospitals. This research complements a state of the art review recently completed by the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force. Recommendations for best practice in nutrition care of adult patients have been created that will advance nutrition care in hospitals in Canada.
- Review key results from the More-2-Eat Study.
- Identify better practices based on More-2-Eat and a recent State of the art review.
- Discuss key elements to sustaining and spreading practice.
About the Speaker:
Heather Keller, RD, PhD, is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at the University of Waterloo. She is an internationally recognized expert in geriatric nutrition, assessment, and treatment. Research areas are focused on nutrition risk and malnutrition identification and treatment across health care sectors; improving nutrition care in hospital; self-management and using screening in the community to improve nutritional status; institutional food and promoting and improving food intake, especially for vulnerable older adults, including those living with dementia. Professor Keller has led several national research and knowledge translation projects, including the landmark Nutrition Care in Canadian Hospitals, More-2-Eat and Making the Most of Mealtimes in Long Term Care studies. Professor Keller has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and translates much of this evidence into practice with tools and resources. As a founding member and past chair/co-chair (2009-2018) of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force, she is involved in translating research into practice and advocating for improvements in nutrition care. She is currently the chair of the primary care working group for CMTF and involved in several national and international expert groups advancing the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition.
This webinar is sponsored by Abbott.