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Call for nurses to help improve nutritional care tool

Clinicians using new BAPEN tool are asked to collect data for it

A charity that raises awareness of malnutrition and works to improve the nutritional care of patients is urging nurses to use an online tool it has developed to measure patients’ nutrition.

The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) care tool is a free web-based assessment that takes five minutes to complete for each patient.

It allows clinicians to measure how much a patient has had to eat and drink and highlight where variation exists such as between wards or specialist areas of treatment.

BAPEN is asking healthcare organisations to collect data from all adult patients on at least one day of the week beginning September 21. A second data collection week begins on December 14 and two more will follow in 2016. The information gathered will be used to improve the effectiveness of the tool and show how nutritional needs differ around the country.

Click here to use the tool

Go to Nursing Management's website to read more about the BAPEN tool

 

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