Malnutrition Screening in Adults: Combining Evidence and Clinical Practice to Improve Patient Care

Program Date: 25 April 2019
Publication Date: 18 June 2019
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll review the background and evolution of validated nutrition screening tools for adults; summarize new evidence; and discuss the use of these tools in real-world examples.

Course Objectives:

  • Review the background and evolution of validated nutrition screening tools for adults.
  • Summarize new evidence on validated malnutrition screening tools by health care setting.
  • Discuss the use of validated malnutrition screening tools through real-world examples and clinical practice.
  • CDR Level: 1
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 3090, 5090, 5285, 9020
  • Performance Indicators: 6.1.2, 8.3.5, 8.3.7
  • Run Time: 43

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Annalynn Skipper, HD, RDN, FADA, CNSC

Author Services Manager
American Medical Association
Oak Park, IL, USA

Annalynn Skipper, PhD came to the AMA from a nutrition and healthcare consulting firm in Oak Park, IL. As a consultant, she assisted two professional organizations in developing and publishing education program standards. She served for five years as editor of the Nutrition Care Manual, an online reference used in more than 4,000 hospitals in the US and abroad. Prior to her consulting role, Dr. Skipper directed the Nutrition Consultation Service at Rush University Medical Center where she was also an associate professor and directed the Combined Master of Science/Supervised Practice program in Clinical Nutrition. Before moving to Chicago, Dr. Skipper was a member of the Nutrition Support Service at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia where she provided nutrition care to ICU patients receiving enteral and parenteral nutrition. Dr. Skipper is internationally recognized for her work in developing a standardized language for dietetics and nutrition practice. For the past decade she has been involved in efforts to analyze and disseminate evidence supporting a standardized approach to nutrition screening, and she contributes to an interdisciplinary effort to develop valid criteria for diagnosing malnutrition.

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Anne Coltman, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC

Clinical Nutrition Coordinator
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL, USA

Anne Coltman is the Clinical Nutrition Coordinator at Loyola University Medical Center, as well as on the graduate faculty for the Dietetic Internship and Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics programs within the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago. She received her BS in Dietetics at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and her MS in Clinical Nutrition, and her dietetic internship at Rush University in Chicago, IL. Anne has previous experience as a nutrition support dietitian in surgical critical care, as well as a faculty member, specializing in nutrition assessment, physical exam, and micronutrient deficiencies in gastrointestinal, surgical, and critical care nutrition. Within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Anne has held numerous leadership roles, including currently serving as the Young Practitioner for the Council on Future Practice, a member of the Quality Leader Alliance, an editor of the Nutrition Care Manual sections on gastrointestinal disorders and bariatric surgery, and previously served as a member on the Evidence Analysis Library Adult Nutrition Screening Workgroup. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for both the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. She previously held several leadership positions within the Chicago Area Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, including president, membership chair, publication chair, and program chair.

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Ainsley Malone, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, FAND, FASPEN

Director, Nutrition Support Team
Mt Carmel West Hospital
Columbus, OH, USA

Ainsley Malone is currently a Clinical Practice Specialist with the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), an organization dedicated to safe, efficacious and high-quality nutrition care. Ms. Malone is also a Dietitian member of the Nutrition Support Team at Mt. Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where she is involved in the management of patients requiring enteral and parenteral nutrition. Ainsley is a leader in malnutrition related activities both nationally and internationally. She served as a representative to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Malnutrition Workgroup and also served on the 2017- 2018 Ohio Malnutrition Prevention Commission whose charge was to address malnutrition in the older adult across all Ohio settings.


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