Title
Does documentation in nursing records of nutritional screening on admission to hospital reflect the use of evidence-based practice guidelines for malnutrition? Does documentation in nursing records of nutritional screening on admission to hospital reflect the use of evidence-based practice guidelines for malnutrition?
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Malden, MA :John Wiley & Sons, Inc ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
International journal of nursing knowledge. - Malden, MA, 2012, currens
Volume/pages
25(2014) :1 , p. 43-48
ISSN
2047-3087
ISI
000337590900008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Purpose To describe the documentation of nutrition-related data and wards referral to dieticians in a Belgian university hospital. Method Retrospective analysis of 506 nursing records. Findings Body weight and height are documented in 22%. Feeding assistance and usual food intake pattern are documented in 68% of all cases, and in 71% it is marked whether the patient is on a diet. Eight percent of the patients are referred to a dietician, but the indications for these referrals are not clear. Conclusion Given the poor documentation, most likely these patients are not adequately screened for malnutrition as recommended. Implications for Nursing Practice Nurses' documentation of nutrition-related data should be improved to facilitate treatment of malnutrition with tailored multidisciplinary interventions.
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