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Resource aims to aid nutrition in hospitals

Hospital managers can get help to develop comprehensive enteral and parenteral feeding plans via a web-based resource provided by the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN).

The resource, Organisation of Food and Nutritional Support (OFNoSH), is available free via the BAPEN website.

The BAPEN group which developed and produced OFNoSH was co-chaired by Jeremy Powell-Tuck, BAPEN Medical Professor of Clinical Nutrition at  Bart’s and the London Hospitals, London, and a member of BAPEN’s Council.

Professor Powell-Tuck said the aim was to ensure that every patient in every specialist unit was screened nutritionally and that every patient, whether they could eat or not and however ill they were, had a nutritional care-plan appropriate to his or her needs.

He said OFNoSH supported the UK Department of Health’s Nutrition Action Plan, was in line with the Council of Europe UK Alliance’s 10 Key Characteristics of Good Nutritional Care in Hospitals, and supported implementation of UK health watchdog NICE’s 2006 Guidelines on Nutrition Support in Adults.