1. Have you recently lost weight without trying?
How much weight have you lost?
2. Have you been eating poorly because of a decreased appetite?
A score of 2 or more indicates that the patient may be at risk of malnutrition. Patient should be referred to a dietitian within 24-72 hours (depending on risk) for full assessment and intervention.
For patients with a score of 0 or 1, rescreen the patient if the length of stay exceeds 7 days (and repeat weekly as needed).
Ferguson M, Capra S, Bauer J, Banks M: Development of a valid and reliable malnutrition screening tool for adult acute hospital patients. Nutrition 1999;15(6):458–464.
BMI is a calculation that takes into account body weight correlated with height.The result indicates whether the person is within the parameters of ideal weight.
BMI is a method for grading the weight categories that may cause health problems.