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The Human and Healthcare Costs of Malnutrition in U.S. Hospitals

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When hospitalized patients are malnourished due to not receiving adequate calories, protein and other nutrients needed for tissue maintenance and repair, there can be significant human and healthcare costs.

In the U.S., malnourished inpatients:

  • Have up to a five times greater likelihood of mortality and are two times more likely to have an extended hospital stay, and creates an estimated $42 billion burden to the healthcare system
  • Are 54 percent more likely to be readmitted within 30 days, which may lead to an additional $17,000 in hospital costs per patient

Baxter provides one of the broadest PN portfolios globally, which includes premix IV solutions, vitamins and lipids, as well as pharmacy workflow management, labeling and compounding technology. We are committed to working to prevent malnutrition with other organizations around the world, including the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), to advance awareness of the effects of malnutrition in U.S. hospitals and to identify strategies to enhance patient care.

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1https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb210-Malnutrition-Hospital-Stays-2013.pdf
2 ASPEN. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), 2017. Web.