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Nutritional assessment of acute medical admissions is still done badly despite ‘nutrition screening’
  1. Jonny Grek,
  2. John Puntis
  1. Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Leeds Children's Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jonny Grek, Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Leeds Children's Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3EX, UK; jonny1grek{at}gmail.com

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Under recognition of malnutrition in a hospital setting is well known. Recent guidance from expert bodies has sought to improve this situation.1 ,2 Growth monitoring in children should mean that malnutrition is less likely to be missed on a children's ward. In our unit, the admission proforma includes prompts relating to nutrition history, and nurses are required to use the Screening Tool for the Assessment of Malnutrition in Paediatrics (STAMP).3 We aimed to assess the level of routine nutrition assessment in an acute general medical unit by examining how much relevant information could be retrieved from the case notes. As data were anonymous and investigators had a duty of care to the patients, …

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