Recognizing Malnutrition: Why it Matters

Disease-related malnutrition is a common and costly problem in healthcare. An estimated 30% to 50% of hospitalized patients are undernourished. Left untreated, malnutrition can lead to a range of problems, including: increased length of hospital stay, increased postoperative complications, decreased wound healing, and increased mortality. Unfortunately, malnutrition in the hospital setting is often under-recognized and