Role of Malnutrition in Increasing Risk of Hospital Readmissions

Author(s): Abby Sauer, MPH, RD & Menghua Luo, MD, PhD


Malnutrition is common across healthcare settings. Multiple factors contribute to malnutrition and it often results in negative clinical and economic outcomes, including decreased strength, impaired functionality and quality of life, increased morbidity and mortality, longer hospital stays, and increased risk for hospital readmissions. These outcomes have significant implications for the U.S. healthcare system, including increasing the cost of care which contrasts with current healthcare law that is focused on cost containment and reducing hospital readmissions.
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Abby Sauer, MPH, RD

Abby Sauer, MPH, RD joined Abbott Nutrition in 1999 and is currently a Section Manager within the Scientific and Medical Affairs department. She manages the Adult Scientific Brand Management team within Nutrition Science. Her areas of experience include malnutrition, nutrition screening, assessment, and intervention, geriatric nutrition, oncology nutrition, and renal nutrition.
Abby earned her BS in dietetics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and completed her dietetic internship at Barnes Jewish Christian Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a Masters in Public Health from The Ohio State University.

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Menghua Luo, MD, PhD

Dr Menghua Luo, MD, PhD joined Abbott Nutrition in 2009 and is currently a research scientist in Adult Clinical Nutrition group within the Scientific and Medical Affairs department. Her responsibility is to lead clinical nutrition research activities in areas of hospital nutrition, critical care and respiratory health by providing scientific leadership and direction on Abbott-initiated or IIS-initiated clinical trials and new business initiatives to ensure proper and adequate support to product indications and claims.
Dr Luo earned her medical degree from Chongqing Medical University, China, Master’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL and a PhD degree in clinical nutrition from Emory University, Atlanta. Dr Luo had conducted clinical trials in patients with various medical conditions such as critical illness, short bowel syndrome, diabetes, chronic obstructive respiratory diseases, and others.

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