Brotherton, Ailsa M, Simmonds, N., Bowling, T. and Stroud, M.
Malnutrition is dangerous: The importance of effective nutritional screening and nutritional care.
Clinical Risk, 17
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1258/cr.2011.011011
In July 2010, the Government published the White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, which places a strong emphasis on patient safety, sets the long-term vision for the NHS and describes a coherent framework of reform to deliver health care amongst the best in the world. Good nutritional care is a prerequisite of safe care and hence fundamental to the achievement of this vision, especially for vulnerable individuals. This article outlines the prevalence and costs associated with malnutrition* and the impact of malnutrition on patient safety within the context of the current NHS reforms. It concludes with guidance for clinicians and senior managers which, where fully implemented, will facilitate good nutritional care and ensure compliance to nutritional guidelines, standards and legislation including the regulations relating to nutrition as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2009 and the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009.
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