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Malnutrition Awareness Week
In 2009, ASPEN recognized a need for greater awareness of malnutrition, which is common in hospitalized patients in the United States and 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. In 2014, ASPEN received a Certificate of Special Recognition from United States Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland for Malnutrition Awareness Week™. This week is always packed full of educational programming and resource dissemination to help clinicians and the general public understand this often poorly diagnosed condition.
To learn more, please visit: http://www.nutritioncare.org/maw/.
Check out the NRCNA Malnutrition Resource Collection at: http://nutritionandaging.org/tag/malnutrition/