Malnutrition Awareness: Bringing it to the
Masses (US and UK Approaches) (MAW14-MASS)
September 15, 2014 from 1 – 2:30 pm eastern
Awareness Week will be held September 15th-19th, 2014. This is the third annual
A.S.P.E.N. Malnutrition Awareness Week Program. Malnutrition is common in
hospitalized patients in the United States (US), and it is associated with
unfavorable outcomes including higher infection rates, poor wound healing,
longer lengths of stay, and higher frequency of readmission. Not unexpectedly,
these outcomes are associated with increased costs. In some studies, 30-50% of
patients become malnourished, often during a hospital stay. The purpose of
Malnutrition Awareness Week is to raise awareness in healthcare professionals
to consider assessing and intervening earlier and for the public to realize
that they need to ask about their nutrition status and advocate for optimal
nutrition care as much as possible.
proposed webinar, we will launch the week’s Malnutrition Awareness Week agenda
with an overview from Alan Parver on the state of where things are in the US
and where we need to go. We will follow that with Dr. Allistair Forbes from
Great Britain who will discuss hospital malnutrition and how they brought this
issue to the attention of the public through various campaigns to improve
awareness along with subsequent action to improve the prevalence of malnutrition.
Participants will take away key ideas and recommendations for how they can
enhance malnutrition awareness in their own communities. In addition, Peggi
Guenter will be the moderator for this webinar.
Outline the efforts of the U.S. Medicare program and
other national quality initiatives in order to develop an action plan to
increase awareness about malnutrition and its treatment.
effectiveness of Great Britain’s approach to addressing hospital malnutrition
and applying it to their public health system.
implementable steps to recognize and treat malnutrition in both hospitalized
and ambulatory patients.
Faculty and Topics
Awareness: What’s the Status in the U.S.?
Alan Parver, JD, Partner, Arnall Golden
Gregory LLP, Washington, DC
Malnutrition needs More Public Awareness
Alastair Forbes MD, MBBS, Gastroenterology &
Nutrition, University College London; Professor of Medicine at University of East Anglia, London, United Kingdom
Peggi Guenter PhD, RN, Senior Director of
Clinical Practice, Quality, and Advocacy, American Society for Parenteral and
Enteral Nutrition, Silver Spring, MD
Learning Level: Intermediate