Patient malnutrition is a very real and serious matter; it can lead to a worsening of the patient’s condition, a longer hospital stay, or even be as serious as to contribute to patient death. There are a variety of diseases, conditions, or situations in which patient malnutrition may occur; the malnutrition may develop while in the hospital, but it can also develop outside of the hospital as well.
- Choose a disease, condition, or situation in which a patient is likely to develop malnutrition and describe the characteristics or details of it. Note how malnutrition might develop in a patient (this could be a result of treatments, financial issues, drug interactions, etc.) and possible consequences of malnutrition.
- In addition, discuss how malnutrition may be prevented, managed, or reversed in the patient.
- Are there specific tests that can be done to determine the nutritional status of your patient?
- Lastly, provide a statement of clarification/ a point of view with a rationale/ a challenging aspect of this subject or a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning.