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Defining the At-Risk Patient for Malnourishment

A problem that all hospitals face

Rafael Barrera, MD, Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center in New York, discusses the problem of malnutrition in hospitalized patients. Hospitalized patients run the risk of malnourishment during their hospital stays. Dr. Barrera explains what to look for in determining if a patient is malnourished. Additionally, he identifies lab tests that can be used to determine malnutrition in patients.

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