Managing Adult Malnutrition

Including a pathway for the appropriate use of
oral nutritional supplements (ONS)


Pharmacists

Pharmacists have regular contact with patients (especially those with long term conditions) and the general public.  The BAPEN Malnutrition Matters Commitment to Act document outlines three key responsibilities for Community Pharmacists in the identification and management of malnutrition:

  1. Direct patients to the leaflets available via the malnutrition pathway website
  2. Support the implementation of the community malnutrition pathway
  3. Support the use of the ‘MUST’ tool in screening for malnutrition

Pharmacists can play a key role in prevention, early identification and treatment of malnutrition.  They also have the knowledge to advice on types and usage of ONS when required.

A number of resources have been developed for use by Pharmacists including:


Management of malnutrition according to risk category

A screening and management pathway using 'MUST' that can be used across care settings to identify adults who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.

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Oral Nutritional Supplements: Where individuals require (or already have) a prescription of ONS, this pathway will guide you in setting goals, deciding on dose and duration of ONS, how and when to monitor progress and when to discontinue prescription.

PATHWAY FOR USING ONS


A Guide to Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community: the complete document is available.

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Resources

A selection of publications for use by healthcare professionals, patients and carers are available in the resources section of the website.

RESOURCES AREA

Support for Patients & Carers

A number of resources are available that have been developed to support patients and carers.

PATIENTS & CARERS

Specific support for common conditions

A number of resources are available that have been developed to assist healthcare professionals supporting patients at risk of malnutrition as a result of a specific condition. These include:

COPD LUNG CANCER (external site)

Further Information

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