ASPEN with FUMC on Malnutrition Awareness Week 2020
ASPEN, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition has partnered with Fatima University Medical Center to raise awareness of concerns about malnutrition, improve nutrition care of patients, and to educate healthcare providers and consumers on early intervention.
FUMC is the only hospital organization here in the Philippines who has partnered with ASPEN in promoting its advocacies, making them the 2020 Malnutrition Awareness Week (MAW) Official Ambassador in the country.
ASPEN is an interdisciplinary organization of physicians, dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, clinicians, and researchers dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. Over the past few years, ASPEN has grown more than 72 participating organizations.
Malnutrition Awareness Week™ is a mark of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). ASPEN’s MAW will be held on October 5 to 9, 2020.
Why do we need to raise awareness on malnutrition?
According to The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ, 2018), every 60 seconds, 11 hospitalized patients go undiagnosed with malnutrition. Malnutrition has a negative impact on patient outcomes — higher infection rates, poor wound healing, longer lengths of stay in the hospital, higher frequency of readmission, and increased costs.
How can we join the talk and promote the program?
ASPEN’s MAW 2020 program consists of educational resources (CE webinars, on-demand videos, infographics, etc.) that are all free to members and employees of the partner organization– FUMC members and employees.
We partnered with ASPEN’s advocacy and campaign because we at Fatima University Medical Center, believe in the cause and positive outcome of working towards ending malnutrition in the Philippines, and continue to educate our healthcare providers on this end.