Variación del estado nutricional del paciente adulto mayor durante la hospitalización en los servicios de medicina de un hospital general

Saavedra, Pedro Jose Ortiz; Silva, Francisco Jose Mendez; Varela, Luis Pinedo; Reyna, Oscar Pamo
January 2007
Revista Médica Herediana;ene-mar2007, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p3
Academic Journal
Many factors increase the undernutrition prevalence in elderly hospitalized patients and also cause in-hospital undernutrition. Objective: To find the hospitalization effect in elderly patient's nutritional status. Material and Methods: Descriptive and prospective study that follows a group of elderly medical patients collecting anthropometrical and biochemical data at entry and discharge looking for changes. Results: At entry we found undernutrition in 47.8%, hypoalbuminemia in 80%, anemia in 76%, lymphopenia in 51% and a low levels of B12 vitamin in 7%. We found a decrease of anthropometrical and albumin values at discharge as well a correlative determination between these facts with age and hospitalization time. Conclusion: The hospitalization results as a negative factor for the nutritional status of the elderly patients.


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