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The reported use of dietary supplements (sip feeds) in hospitals in Wessex, UK

The reported use of dietary supplements (sip feeds) in hospitals in Wessex, UK
The reported use of dietary supplements (sip feeds) in hospitals in Wessex, UK
Aims: To assess the prevalence of the use of supplements (sip feeds) in district general, psychiatric and community hospitals in the former Wessex health region.
Method: Cross sectional study of prevalence and determinants of supplement use in 10 district general hospitals (covering medical, surgical, orthopaedic, and elderly specialities), 4 psychiatric hospitals and 3 community hospitals.
Results: Overall 14% of patients were being supplemented although the variation across hospitals and specialities was wide (0%–35%); elderly care patients within district hospitals were most likely to be supplemented (20%; range 12–35%). In 34% of patients there was no documented reason as to why supplements were given. 60% of patients were not weighed on admission; 70% did not have a weight history recorded and 83% did not have a current weight recorded. Documentation regarding supplement use appeared to be recorded in an unsystematic manner.
Conclusions: Many patients were not being weighed on admission and appeared to have no documentation as to why supplements were given. Given the importance of malnutrition in hospital patients a more evidence based, objective approach to assessing nutritional requirements, intake and support may be beneficial.
sip feeds, supplement use, malnutrition, criteria
0261-5614
445-449
Brosnan, S.
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Margetts, B. M.
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Munro, J.
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Passey, C.
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Rivers, H.
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Margetts, B. M.
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Munro, J.
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Brosnan, S., Margetts, B. M., Munro, J., Passey, C. and Rivers, H. (2001) The reported use of dietary supplements (sip feeds) in hospitals in Wessex, UK. Clinical Nutrition, 20 (5), 445-449. (doi:10.1054/clnu.2001.0468).

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Aims: To assess the prevalence of the use of supplements (sip feeds) in district general, psychiatric and community hospitals in the former Wessex health region.
Method: Cross sectional study of prevalence and determinants of supplement use in 10 district general hospitals (covering medical, surgical, orthopaedic, and elderly specialities), 4 psychiatric hospitals and 3 community hospitals.
Results: Overall 14% of patients were being supplemented although the variation across hospitals and specialities was wide (0%–35%); elderly care patients within district hospitals were most likely to be supplemented (20%; range 12–35%). In 34% of patients there was no documented reason as to why supplements were given. 60% of patients were not weighed on admission; 70% did not have a weight history recorded and 83% did not have a current weight recorded. Documentation regarding supplement use appeared to be recorded in an unsystematic manner.
Conclusions: Many patients were not being weighed on admission and appeared to have no documentation as to why supplements were given. Given the importance of malnutrition in hospital patients a more evidence based, objective approach to assessing nutritional requirements, intake and support may be beneficial.

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Published date: 2001
Keywords: sip feeds, supplement use, malnutrition, criteria

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Local EPrints ID: 25281
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/25281
ISSN: 0261-5614
PURE UUID: 0e082fb1-fc6c-4051-843f-ddfd4d40cd73

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Date deposited: 12 Apr 2006
Last modified: 22 Jul 2022 20:30

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Author: S. Brosnan
Author: B. M. Margetts
Author: J. Munro
Author: C. Passey
Author: H. Rivers

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