first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: It has been reported that 1 in 4 patients admitted to Irish hospitals becomes malnourished and many lose weight during their stay because of the poor quality of food on offer.The food quality is deemed so bad by some patients at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin that they are spending more than €100 per week on sandwiches and food while staying there.My only experience of hospital food is seeing what people received while visiting. Thankfully, I have never been in hospital myself, so my comments on this are purely speculative.I would also like to say that this in no way reflects on the hard working staff of any hospital. They are invaluable in what they do.With everything that we know about nutrition and the human body; with all the advances in health; how is it that the very place where we go when we are most in need, is failing us when it comes to nutrition?Food is the main factor in health and yet we have a system that routinely serves up food that is not giving enough nourishment to the sick. Why is this happening?As I mentioned in my article last week;“Good nutrition should help to properly control energy balance in the body. It should prevent excessive swings in either direction; either too much or too little; but it should also provide nutrient density.”If you are getting food that does not have the right nutrients in it, doesn’t provide the right balance of vitamins and minerals and does not have enough calories to support your needs, it will not help if you are sick.Prioritising nutrition is not just about hospital food although this is also critically important to quality care and a good indicator of whether the management and staff recognise the impact of nutrition on patient outcomes More than 1 in 4 patients admitted to Irish hospitals have significant weight loss and signs of malnutrition, the majority of whom will lose more weight before they leave.Irish and international experts attending a two day conference on nutrition are calling on all healthcare professionals to urgently prioritise their patients’ nutritional care.Attendees were warned that poor nutritional care is indicative of poor quality healthcare and effectively exposes patients to significant avoidable risk to their recovery.They were told that:Nutrition screening MUST be conducted on patients on admission to hospital to identify those likely to need supplementary feeding or further assessment by a dietitian. Currently few hospitals in Ireland do it, contrary to Department of Health guidelines issued in 2009. The financial cost – Malnutrition continues to cost the health service despite repeated calls to address the problem Cost to the health service €1.42 billion per year, leading to more hospital admissions and longer length of stay for patients Partnership – HSE announce new nutrition programme at conference aimed at making nutrition and hydration of patients a safety and quality priority in the 2015 Service Plan Call to action – Hospitals must prioritise the nutritional care of patients in a systematic fashion versus the ad hoc approach taken to dateIt might sound strange to see malnourishment on the list of problems, but Professor John Reynolds, IrSPEN Chairman and head of Surgery in St James’s Hospital, reiterated the need for urgent action to be taken by everyone working in the healthcare system, and for the implementation of screening programmes:“Many people who are obese can be malnourished but it is not very obvious. They may be fat but have lost a lot of their muscle mass; they have lost their ability to deal with their infections and are at higher risk of developing complications.”Once again this reiterates that if you are not getting the right nutrient balance from your food, your body can be malnourished even though you are overweight.“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” —Thomas EdisonLet’s hope that someday this will come true.For further information on training and nutrition, contact me through the link below. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalemmet rushefitness columnhealthletterkennywealthlast_img

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