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Commentary on: Abugroun A, Nayyar A, Abdel-Rahman M, Patel P. Impact of Malnutrition on Hospitalization Outcomes for Older Adults Admitted for Sepsis. Am J Med. 2020 Aug 15:S0002-9343(20)30695-1. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.06.044. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32810466.
Implications for practice and research
Malnutrition is an independent predictor for increased odds of mortality, septic shock and need for intubation among older patients with sepsis during their hospitalisation.
Malnutrition is also associated with increased length of stay and higher hospitalisation costs among admitted older patients with sepsis.
Sepsis in older adults aged ≥65 years is detrimental and is a very important contributor to mortality and morbidity, including deconditioning and debility leading to significant health burden.1 Prevalence of malnutrition among older adults ranges from 29% to 61% and a significant determinant of health outcomes in this population.2 The complex inter-relatability of malnutrition and impact on outcomes across the spectrum of diseases among older adults’ population is not well described. Identifying …
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Competing interests None declared.
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