Malnutrition in Joint Arthroplasty: Prospective Study Indicates Risk of Unplanned ICU Admission.

@article{Kamath2016MalnutritionIJ,
  title={Malnutrition in Joint Arthroplasty: Prospective Study Indicates Risk of Unplanned ICU Admission.},
  author={Atul F Kamath and Caitlin L McAuliffe and Laura M Kosseim and Finnah Pio and Eric L. Hume},
  journal={The archives of bone and joint surgery},
  year={2016},
  volume={4 2},
  pages={128-31}
}
BACKGROUND Malnutrition has been linked to poor outcomes after elective joint arthroplasty, but the risk of unplanned postoperative intensive care unit (ICU) admission in malnourished arthroplasty patients is unknown. METHODS 1098 patients were followed as part of a prospective risk stratification program at a tertiary, high-volume arthroplasty center. Chronic malnutrition was defined as preoperative albumin <3.5 g/dL. RESULTS The overall incidence of malnutrition was 16.9% (primary and… CONTINUE READING