Letters Nutrition and fluid balance

Malnutrition: the hidden killer in healthcare systems

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1547 (Published 13 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1547
  1. Maurizio Muscaritoli, associate professor of internal medicine1,
  2. Alessio Molfino, postdoctoral fellow1
  1. 1Department of Clinical Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
  1. maurizio.muscaritoli{at}uniroma1.it

Leach highlights that access to appropriate nutrition and hydration is still largely unmet in healthcare facilities in the UK.1 This is amazing, not only for ethical reasons, but also because of the dramatic effect of malnutrition and dehydration on outcomes and healthcare costs.1

The results of Krumholz’s study on the post-hospital syndrome pointed in the …

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