STRATE­GIES

Modern Healthcare - - BEST PRACTICES -

Iden­tify mal­nour­ished pa­tients by im­ple­ment­ing pro­to­cols in the elec­tronic health record that prompt doc­tors to in­quire about weight and eat­ing habits.

Re­fer mal­nour­ished pa­tients to a di­eti­tian to help them achieve a healthy weight right be­fore a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure.

Pro­vide pa­tients with a nu­tri­tion sup­ple­ment loaded with car­bo­hy­drates two hours be­fore surgery.

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