Good nutrition for good surgery: clinical and quality of life outcomes

Daniels, Lynne (2003) Good nutrition for good surgery: clinical and quality of life outcomes. Australian Prescriber, 26(6), pp. 136-140.

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Undernutrition is common in patients admitted for surgery and is often unrecognised, untreated and worsens in hospital. The complex synergistic relationship between nutritional status and the physiological responses to surgery puts patients at high nutritional risk. There are clear prospective associations between inadequate nutritional status and the risk of poorer outcomes for surgical patients, including infection, complications and length of stay. However, practically and ethically evidence that nutritional interventions can significantly reduce these poor outcomes is difficult to obtain. Nevertheless health professionals have a duty of care to ensure our patients are properly fed, by whatever means, to meet their physiological requirements.

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ID Code: 37565
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Food, Undernutrition.
ISSN: 0312-8008
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 29 Sep 2010 03:04
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:19

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