Nutritional Screening, Assessment and Treatment
Savings attributed to improving systematic nutritional screening, assessment and treatment are estimated to be £28,472 per 100,000 people.
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). Nutrition Support in Adults (32) Cost Saving Guidance, 2011.
Embedding malnutrition screening, using a validated screening tool such as the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST), in routine practice will ensure those who have, or are at risk of malnutrition, are effectively identified, thus facilitating prompt intervention.
Routine screening will enable a wide range of healthcare, social care and voluntary staff (GPs community pharmacy, nursing staff, ancillary workers and AHPs) to identify patients who are at risk of malnutrition and initiate treatment as specified by the local care pathway.
British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) A Toolkit for Commissioners and Providers in England 2010.
Dietitians can demonstrate positive outcomes for patients in those previously underweight or poorly nourished by increasing energy, protein and nutrient intakes and improving nutritional status, quality of life and/or weight gain.
Gradwell, (2012) The academy of Nutrition and Dietetics national coverage determination formal request, Vol 112, No. 1, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.