Brenda D Blackett

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INTRODUCTION Almost 60% of elderly care in-patients are at risk of malnutrition. Malnourished patients have poorer clinical outcomes and this is a key factor with respect to prolonging the length of stay. Since 2003, the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) has been advocated as a method for identifying these at-risk patients. Screening should take(More)
Background/Objectives:Parenteral nutrition (PN) should be provided to the malnourished patient if enteral feeding is insufficient or unsafe. A nutrition support team (NST) may improve PN services. We compared the use and complications of hospital PN before and after the implementation of an NST.Subjects/Methods:All inpatients referred for PN outside of the(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding allows patients with dysphagia to receive adequate nutritional support, although gastrostomy insertion is associated with mortality. A nutrition support team (NST) may improve a gastrostomy service. The present study aimed to evaluate the introduction of a NST for assessment and follow-up of patients(More)
Post-stroke dysphagia (a difficulty in swallowing after a stroke) is a common and expensive complication of acute stroke and is associated with increased mortality, morbidity, and institutionalization due in part to aspiration, pneumonia, and malnutrition. Although most patients recover swallowing spontaneously, a significant minority still have dysphagia(More)
Isoelectric focusing showed that Neisseria gonorrhoeae has an overall negative surface charge. Chemical modification of protein amino or carboxyl groups changed the surface charge and thereby altered the ability of the organisms to attach to human amnion cells grown in tissue culture. Attachment of modified and unmodified N. gonorrhoeae was increased by the(More)
Malnutrition in the UK is estimated to affect 3 million people in the UK, costing the economy pound 13 billion a year. The effects can adversely affect an individual's wellbeing by exacerbating illness or reducing the prospect of a speedy recovery. The early identification of this actual or potential risk is recognised by using a validated nutritional(More)
Widening of the exit site of a percutaneous gastrostomy tube is a rare but difficult to manage complication, which leads to significant morbidity as a result of caustic material leak and associated cutaneous injury. Such defects fail to close with conservative measures such that invasive (surgical or endoscopic) intervention is often required. The authors(More)
s / Clinical Nutrition ESPEN 10 (2015) e174ee212 e203 days. This equates to less than half of the prescribed volume of supplement being taken each day. This may have affected the outcomes of the study. This study reinforces that dietary counselling should remain first line treatment for undernourished children. There needs to be further studies done looking(More)
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