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Nutrients 2016, 8(7), 412; doi:10.3390/nu8070412

Innovations in Calculating Precise Nutrient Intake of Hospitalized Patients

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VISN 16/CAVHS Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC); 2200 Fort Roots Drive, 3J/GRECC; North Little Rock, AR 72114, USA
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INFO Development Systems, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA
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Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA
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Received: 5 April 2016 / Revised: 21 June 2016 / Accepted: 27 June 2016 / Published: 4 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technology Based Approaches to Dietary Intake Assessment)
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Obtaining a detailed assessment of a hospitalized patient’s nutrient intake is often critically important to ensuring the patient’s successful recovery. However, this process is often laborious and prone to error. Inaccurate nutrient intake assessments result in the inability of the healthcare team to recognize patients with developing nutritional deficits that contribute to delayed recovery and prolonged lengths of stay. This paper describes an innovative, easy to use system designed to increase the precision of calorie count reports by using a combination of photography, direct observation, and a specially developed computer program. Although the system was designed specifically for use in a Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital, it has the potential to be adapted for use in other hospital environments. View Full-Text
Keywords: nutrition assessment; nutrition status; nutritional deficiency; undernutrition; diet nutrition assessment; nutrition status; nutritional deficiency; undernutrition; diet
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Sullivan, S.C.; Bopp, M.M.; Weaver, D.L.; Sullivan, D.H. Innovations in Calculating Precise Nutrient Intake of Hospitalized Patients. Nutrients 2016, 8, 412.

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