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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, …
Contributors JG co-designed the project, collected and analysed the data, and co-wrote the submitted letter. JP co-designed the project and co-wrote the submitted letter. Both are listed as co-authors of this work.
Competing interests None.
Ethics approval As data were anonymous and investigators had a duty of care to the patients, ethical review was not requested.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
Data sharing statement All data contributing to this work are available, on request from the corresponding author.