Nutritional assessment and indications for nutritional support.

  title={Nutritional assessment and indications for nutritional support.},
  author={Lynna C Smith and James L. Mullen},
  journal={The Surgical clinics of North America},
  volume={71 3},
The goal of nutritional assessment is to identify prospectively all those patients who would develop a nutrition-related complication. In practical terms, there is no single test capable of achieving this goal. At present, the best method of nutritional assessment is an organized step-by-step multifactorial approach. This involves assessment of the primary illness, the patient history, and the prognosis. A nutritional status examination is done, and the current intake is compared with the… CONTINUE READING