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Food is medicine - Malnutrition awareness
Food is medicine. Medicine Heals. These are key messages of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force to raise awareness for the second annual Malnutrition Week, September 26-30. This is important to the region because a national study done in 2013 identified that six out of 10 patients are malnourished on admission in our region.
The RQHR was selected as one of five hospitals in Canada to participate in the More-2-Eat project. It’s an 18-month study to implement a nutrition care pathway, an initiative spearheaded by Dr. Heather Keller from the University of Waterloo, who received a grant from the Canadian Frailty Network. The RQHR research team, consisting of Dr. David McCutcheon, VP of Physician and Integrated Health Services; Lori Garchinski, executive director of Critical Care, Cardiosciences and Medicine Inpatient Units; Stephanie Cook, director of Nutrition and Food Services; and Roseann Nasser, research dietitian (principal investigator), received an $80,000.00 working grant to implement this pathway.
Another step in the pathway is to identify patients who eat 50 per cent or less of their meal tray. Previous Canadian research has shown that patients who eat 50 per cent or less of the provided food have a longer length of stay. Food service workers (FSW) play an important role in identifying how much a patient eats as the FSW often is the first one who sees what the patient has or has not eaten.