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Could a stay in the hospital cause malnutrition?

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

When you stay in the hospital, you likely expect you will get better while there. The whole point of receiving intensive care from medical professionals within this setting is to fix whatever health issue you have.

However, some people end up developing additional issues due to being in s hospital. Infections are a common problem, but one thing many people do not know about is malnutrition.

How nutrition issues occur in the hospital

Malnutrition may arise for many reasons. You could not be eating because you do not feel good. You may also have diet restrictions due to surgical procedures or health issues. You may also have food restrictions based on religious or personal beliefs and the staff may be unaware, which leads to you eating limited food offered.

When nutrition problems are the hospital’s fault

It is up to the hospital to ensure you receive good nutrition while there. The staff should monitor what you are eating and address any concerns with you. You should be able to make requests if you do not like or cannot eat the food they provide.

When you are in the hospital for a long time, the staff should monitor your weight to ensure you are not losing pounds. You also should not be on a very restrictive diet for too long.

If a caregiver notices a problem, he or she should address it right away to prevent malnutrition. In the worst-case scenario, you may need a feeding tube.

Malnutrition issues usually manifest during long-term stays. It is ultimately the hospital’s duty to ensure you receive proper nutrition and do not end up with problems.

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