Preoperative Nutritional Assessment/Intervention

  • Janet D. Millikan

A. Assessment.To prevent the morbidity and mortality associated with malnutrition, an evaluation of a patient’s nutritional status early in their clinical course and again throughout the patient’s treatment is essential. The most common nutritional deficiency is protein-calorie malnutrition, the least common is vitamin or mineral deficiency; multiple factors can contribute to either. The history and clinical examination may reveal obvious problems which lead to or result from nutritional deficits (i.e., poor dentition inhibiting oral intake; alopecia as a result of zinc deficiency). A review of current medical data and past medical history will identify conditions that influence nutritional status, such as chronic or acute disease states, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or medications with possible drug-nutrient interactions. Diet history allows for the review of current oral intake with emphasis on eating habits and preferences, physical activity, and recent alterations in intake.


Total Parenteral Nutrition Tube Feeding Enteral Formula Central Venous Access Device Crystalline Amino Acid 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet D. Millikan
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  1. 1.Rush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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