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Nutritional Status of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients Admitted in Hospital With Acute Exacerbation

Resource Type: Research Papers
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In this study of 83 patients with COPD hospitalized for exacerbation, researchers studied nutritional variables, including body mass index, and their relationship to lung function. BMI was low in nearly all participants. Lower BMI correlated with longer hospital stay; body weight was positively correlated with FEV1/FVC%. A more in-depth discussion of results and limitations is included.

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Gupta B, Kant S, Mishra R, Verma S. Nutritional Status of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients Admitted in Hospital With Acute Exacerbation. Journal of Clinical Medicine Research. 2010; 2(2):68-74. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140881/. Accessed March 20, 2020.

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  • There is another article in the repository that also identifies poor post discharge nutrition in the "post acute syndrome" as a possible indicator of risk for readmissions. We always encourage a nutritional consult on all COPD patients upon admission. I have heard some organizations are ordering nutritional supplements upon discharge and focusing on interventions like ensuring Meals on Wheels and other community services are in place at discharge. One facility I know is using Parish Nurses to work with those members of their congregation and supporting nutritional meals post discharge by their support systems.
    Would love to know if others have any thoughts or programs interventions they are using?
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