Nutritional supplements reduce hospital stays for those with lung disease

Natural Health News – People over 65, who were being treated for chronic obstructive (COPD) in the hospital lung disease and received nutritional treatment (oral nutritional supplements) had reduced length of stay, costs and possible return to the hospital within 30 days

That is the conclusion of a recent study published in the journal Chest .

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – which includes diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema – is a lung disease that compromises breathing. As COPD often occurs among older adults (65 and older) it is one of the leading causes of disability and death in this age group.

Current guidelines do not include specific recommendations to address nutritional deficiencies in people with COPD. However, a growing number of studies are being published that show the economic benefits and health screening and treatment of nutrition has on COPD, as well as other health problems.

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In the current study, which was supported by Abbott, evaluated Medicare patients 65 and older, who were hospitalized with a diagnosis primary COPD. The study shows that when older patients with COPD received nutritional treatment in hospital, the length of stay is reduced by 1.88 days (21.5 percent) and total hospital costs by $ 1.570 (12.5%) on average compared with those who did not receive treatment nutrition. By looking at the probability of readmission within 30 days, people receiving nutritional treatment had a reduction of 13.1% in 30 days readmission.

“Our findings suggest that screening elderly in the hospital for risk of malnutrition and provide a cost effective for those who are malnourished or at risk treatment, can have a positive impact on health outcomes “said Julia Thornton Snider, PhD, in Precision health Economics and lead author of the study.

“In addition, our new readmission data suggests economic benefits for the hospital, including how they can better meet the new mandates of Medicare to reduce readmission rates in patients with COPD elderly.”

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