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BAPEN's Nutrition Screening Weeks are undertaken in collaboration with the British Dietetic Association, the Royal College of Nursing and with the support of the National Patient Safety Agency and Welsh Assembly Government.
This allows early nutritional assessment and if necessary, commencement of treatment to arrest nutritional decline and improve patient outcomes (BAPEN 2009).
These results are comparable to a study of 5,089 patients in hospitals in the United Kingdom in 2008 that reported a risk rate of 28% (BAPEN 2009).
Indeed, BAPEN itself was founded out of the 1992 King's Fund report looking at nutrition in hospitals, a sure sign 15 years ago of the importance of the problem and a willingness to do something about it.
BAPEN claims one in four adults is malnourished on admission to hospital .
Dr Bowling and BAPEN have launched an online petition to capaign against malnutrition in hospitals/ You can sign it at epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34303.
A report published last year by the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (Bapen) found that around one in three adults of all ages were at risk of malnutrition on admission to hospital, care homes and mental health units.
A separate Bapen report said hospitals were still failing to screen patients for malnutrition on admission to hospital..
The study, from the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (Bapen) was based on the screening of more than 11,000 people on admission - 9,722 in hospital, 1,610 in care homes and 336 admitted to mental health units.
The findings from the clinical nutrition association, Bapen, during a nutrition screening week come as a Which?
Dr Tony Jewell, Wales' chief medical officer, said, of the Bapen figures, "Currently we require all NHS trusts to have nutritional policies, staff training, and information on where and when patients will have meals and how they must purchase, prepare and distribute food.
In his foreword Alastair Forbes, Chairman of BAPEN, states that he believes that 'well-thumbed and battered copies will soon be found on wards everywhere', and it seems this could be so.
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