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For a long time, hospital food did not receive the attention it deserved. But in recent years people have become more aware of the growing problems of malnutrition in hospitals. Especially elderly patients are at risk of malnutrition. Several studies have concluded that between 25% to 50% of them are already malnourished upon admission at the hospital and the longer they stay in inpatient care, the more their nutritional status worsens. The causes of malnutrition are manifold. Within the home environment, age-related changes, reduced mobility and socio-economic factors are often the catalyst. Acute or chronic diseases can accelerate this process as they sometimes increase the needed energy. Many hospitals do not adequately meet the dietary needs of their elderly patients and often pre-existing deficits do not get treated and might even be facilitated. Meals usually are not flavored to the tastes of older people and lose important nutrients through repeated heat-ups or from being kept
The Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA) is used for measuring a patient's body composition, it's an established method with many clinical uses primarily within the medical fields of nutrition, rehabilitation and sports medicine. Benefits also extend to cardiological, oncological and nephrological patients. In recent years scientific interest has increased focus on the use of BIA in intensive care. Here it is used to control the hydration and nutritional status of critical patients. One of the key challenges faced by critically
We live in a time of smartphones, laptops and wifi. Our daily lives are constantly affected by digitization and networking. In clinical daily life and in medical practice, technical progress is setting in slowly. A large amount of information and data is, to this day, still transmitted and saved manually. Pens and paper are still the most common tools for medical documentation. Even though, for juristical reasons, some information must be accessible on paper, more and more clinics and practices are switching to telemat
The bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) counts as one of the most current topics in clinical nutrition. Through precise and reliable measurements of a body’s composition, the seca mBCA devices can be used in various clinical sectors. Patients in oncology, nephrology, diabetology and cardiology, in particular, can profit from the device. Extracellular water retentions that result from heart insufficiency can be recognized early on and dialysis therapies can be effectively monitored. While sports medici
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