Nutrtional Assessment

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This assignment is an account of a nutritional assessment that I carried out on a patient in the elderly care ward I work on. I did this whilst being observed by my work-based supervisor (WBS). I will describe the tool used; the reasons for the assessment; the results of the assessment and the action taken .I will discuss the importance of nutritional screening of all patients in hospital. Confidentiality of the trust, my patients and my colleagues will be maintained throughout this assignment in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Conduct. Nutritional care is a fundamental aspect of health care yet there are still concerns about the effectiveness of care provided especially for elderly patients who are most vulnerable (Age UK 2010) .Having enough to eat and drink is a basic human right and is essential to life and that Assistant Practioners (AP) have a key role in providing good nutritional care to the patient (Potterton and Thatcher 2012). The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence( NICE),( 2006) states that nutritional screening should be carried out on admission of a patient to hospital and repeated weekly thereafter if there is clinical need. Our hospital policy is for screening to take place within four hours of admission and weekly thereafter, if there is a change in the patient's condition it can be updated more frequently. The objective of nutritional assessment is to determine accurately nutritional status of the patient and to monitor changes during nutritional support (Jeejeebhoy and Keith 2005) . Brooker ( 2007) states that there should be a holistic approach to nutritional screening that includes physical, social, emotional, spiritual and psychological aspects. Screening tools used to gather information about the nutritional state of a person should contain such factors that can potentially influence intake of food (Jackson and Smith 2007). There are a number of different nutritional assessment tools in...
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