"THE DELIVERY OF QUALITY NUTRITIONAL CARE IS A FUNDAMENTAL OF GOOD HEALTHCARE. WE CALL FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS IN ALL SETTINGS TO BE SCREENED AND MONITORED FOR MALNUTRITION."
The reported prevalence of hospital acute malnutrition in children varied between 6% and 40% depending on the defining criteria and geographical location.1 However, in children with an underlying disease studies have revealed the incidence of chronic malnutrition is higher, between 44 and 64%.2
Undernutrition in childhood has been associated with poor growth and development, and possible implications on adult health and performance.2
Malnutrition in hospitalised children has been linked to unfavourable clinical outcomes, prolonged length of hospital stay, delayed recovery and increased care costs.1,2
ESPEN, ESPGHAN and BAPEN recommend the use of nutritional screening in hospitalised children to identify those patients that are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.2,3
STAMP (Screening Tool for the Assessment of Malnutrition in Paediatrics) is a validated nutrition screening tool for use in hospitalised children from 2 weeks to 16 years of age.4,5
STAMP is a simple 5-step tool that was developed by a team from Royal Manchester Children’s Hospitals and the University of Ulster, the lead investigator being Helen McCarthy, former Lecturer and Honorary Paediatric Dietitian.
The work was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott Nutrition. Everything you need to complete a STAMP screening is available on this website, free of charge.
All you need to do is click on the 'START SCREENING' button at the top of the page, and follow the instructions.
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