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Am J Kidney Dis. 1999 Jan;33(1):198-202.

Nutritional status: a continuous quality improvement approach.

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  • 1Department of Nutrition, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, USA.


Intradialytic parenteral nutrition (IDPN) has been used as nutritional repletion in severely malnourished patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). This study presents a retrospective look at hemodialysis patients with malnutrition who were followed-up in the process of continuous quality improvement (CQI). The costs of intravenous supplies, hospitalizations, and morbidity are reviewed. The application of continuous quality improvement was used to identify and follow-up malnourished patients. There were significant decreases in number of hospitalizations and days in the hospital.

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