Monday, June 18, 2012
Protein calorie malnutrition (PCM) is common and often undiagnosed in older adults. If left untreated it carries both clinical and financial risks, including decreased quality of life, functional decline, inability to live independently and increased health care costs. However, malnutrition can be avoided, or reversed, with the use of a systematic and standardized approach to nutrition screening.
One such approach is the internationally recommended Mini Nutritional Assessment® (MNA). The tool is simple, noninvasive, inexpensive and the most well-validated nutrition screening tool for adults 65 and older.
Designed to be incorporated into existing processes and procedures, the newest MNA-short form (MNA-SF) can quickly and easily identify older adults who are at risk of (or already suffer from) malnutrition. It can be downloaded free of charge, along with a complete user guide, from http://www.mna-elderly.com/.