This week is National Malnutrition Awareness Week, an observance created by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) in 2009, with the purpose of advocating for optimal nutrition care as much as possible, while also raising awareness for health professionals, and the public, to intervene early on.
Malnutrition is common for hospitalized patients in the U.S., and is often associated with unfavorable health outcomes, which include higher infection rates, poor wound healing, longer hospital stays and more. This also leads to increased costs.
ASPEN will be hosting four other webinars throughout the week, (one was also presented yesterday) on different topics relating to malnutrition. To learn more about the webinars and to register, please visit the Malnutrition Awareness Week website.