Dietitian Involvement Improves Consumption of Oral Nutrition Supplements in Hospitalized Patients

Osman Mohamed Elfadil, Saketh R. Velapati, Lisa D. Miller, Michael F. Huiras, Evan A. Stoecker, Morgan Warner, Laura Vanderveer, Ashley Adkins, Christopher Chargo, Katherine Kueny, Molly S. Bailey, Ryan T. Hurt, Manpreet S. Mundi

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Hospitalized patients are at an increased risk of malnutrition due to multiple factors including, but not limited to, acute and chronic diseases especially those affecting gastrointestinal tract, surgery, appetite, and frequent nil per os while undergoing diagnostic workup. Because of this, guidelines suggest the use of oral nutritional supplements (ONS) in hospitalized patients to reduce the risk of malnutrition and its complications. The current report aims to highlights key findings from a cross-sectional survey of 99 hospitalized patients who were at risk for or diagnosed with malnutrition and prescribed ONS. Data regarding ONS prescriber information as well as number ordered and consumed were collected. Of the 2.4 ± 1.5 supplements ordered per person each day, only 1.3 ± 1.1 were consumed, and there was 48% wastage of prescribed ONS. However, dietitian involvement was associated with significant reduction in was-tage. Given the need and benefit, it is imperative for the nutrition community to further explore best practices to improve ONS consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-207
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 25 2022


  • dietitian
  • nutrition
  • nutritional supplements
  • prescribed supplements
  • supplements wastage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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