Improving Patient Outcomes: Interdisciplinary Approach to Recognizing and Treating Malnutrition

Program Date: June 2013
Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.0 Dietitian CPEU

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss currently recognized definitions and characteristics of malnutrition and barriers to their use in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate how and why malnutrition biomarkers have evolved from biochemical measures to functional outcomes.
  • Review 2-3 recommended screening methodologies, with a focus on utility and practicality, with evidence supporting patient outcome improvements.
  • Explain the importance of multidisciplinary coordination to recognize malnutrition in the hospital setting.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 3000, 3030, 4190, 5010, 5090, 5100, 5410
  • Media Format(s): Video (English)
  • Run Time: 53 Minutes

Course Instructor Bio(s)

Gordon Jensen, MD

Professor and Head, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

Dr. Gordon Jensen was appointed Professor and Head of Nutritional Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University in 2007. He also serves as Professor of Medicine at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and is a specialist in nutrition with Mt. Nittany Physician Group. He previously worked with the Vanderbilt Medical group from 1998-2007 and served as Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition from 1999-2007. Dr. Jensen is board-certified in Nutrition and Internal Medicine. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and his Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from Cornell University. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Clinical Nutrition at New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Ainsley Malone, MS, RD, CNSD, LD

Incoming President of American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)
Mt. Carmel West Hospital
Columbus, OH

Ainsley Malone is a Nutrition Support Dietitian in the Pharmacy Department of Mt. Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, OH. She is a member of an active Nutrition Support Team whose function is to provide nutrition care to adult and neonatal patients requiring parenteral and enteral nutrition. Ainsley has been practicing in this specialty area for over 25 years and was one of the first groups of clinicians to obtain certification in nutrition support (‘89). She received her B.S. in Dietetics from Miami University in Oxford, OH and completed her Dietetic Internship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. Ainsley obtained her M.S. in Nutrition from the former, Finch University of Health Sciences. She has been a lecturer at Rosalind Franklin University since 2003. Ainsley was awarded the 2008 American Dietetic Association (now Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) Foundation award for Excellence in Clinical Practice.

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