About United for Clinical Nutrition Fresenius Kabi

About United for clinical nutrition

To overcome hospital malnutrition in countries around the world, in 2015 Fresenius Kabi established “United for clinical nutrition”. This multinational initiative seeks to reduce the prevalence of this condition through education, data collection, and clinical assessment in key geographical regions.

In 2018, the commitment will be continued throughout Asia with a special focus on surgical patients in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In surgical patients, poor nutritional status can lead to severe negative clinical and economic consequences including: impaired wound healing, increased risk of postoperative complications, prolonged hospitalization, reduced quality of life, and increased healthcare costs.1-11

In order to change this, the first step for ‘United for clinical nutrition’ is to raise awareness of hospital malnutrition. Based upon this, the solution - nutrition therapy administered by healthcare professionals - can be discussed with the focus on priority patient groups, like surgical patients.

Recent studies have shown that adequate nutrition support compared to standard care can lower complication rates in surgical and medical gastroenterology patients,.12-13 Specifically, adequate preoperative nutritional therapy reduces the detrimental consequences of surgical site infections in malnourished patients.14

In addition, adequate clinical nutrition has the beneficial impact of reducing health care costs and lessens the burden on resources.12 

Accordingly, the purpose of ‘United for clinical nutrition’ is to initiate a rethinking. Through the ‘United for clinical nutrition’ website, healthcare professionals can access articles, news, videos, webinars, downloads, and practical guides to learn about hospital malnutrition and its detection and treatment.

The use of nutrition risk screenings, nutritional assessments, appropriate nutrition support and regular follow-ups to improve clinical nutrition can significantly reduce hospital malnutrition.15-18

The mission of “United for clinical nutrition” is simple: support therapy success and quality of life.


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