Malnutrition in hospitals: an underestimated risk

A 52-year-old woman with bipolar disorder and alcohol addiction was hospitalised for aspiration pneumonia with pleural empyema and coagulopathy. Ten days after being admitted, the patient underwent thoracic surgery for pleural decortication. For four days after the intervention, the patient was not prescribed any kind of diet but was simply given a maintenance infusion. On the fifth day, the patient eventually complained of being hungry and it was only then that the team realised she had not received any meals. Malnutrition is very common in hospital patients, but is often misdiagnosed and underestimated. A number of solutions have been proposed in the literature to address this issue.

Date de parution : 03/2020

Thème : Dénutrition

Mots clés : Dénutrition, Nutrition, Multidisciplinarité

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