New hospital screening tool helps find children at nutritional risk easier, study finds

6 agosto 2014

While hospitals do not commonly screen children for nutrition, a new tool developed could change that. The Pediatric Nutrition Screening Tool (PNST) was found to be more effective than the existing pediatric Subjective Global Nutrition Assessment (SGNA). The PNST identified 37.6 percent of patients as being at nutritional risk, whereas the pediatric SGNA identified 34.2 percent. The PNSA was also effective at finding patients with low Body Mass Index (BMI).