PREVALENCE OF MALNUTRITION AMONGST HAEMODIALYSIS PATIENTS ATTENDING NIGHTCLIFF RENAL UNIT

C FEENEY1, C COOPER1,

1Nightcliff Renal Unit, Darwin

Aim: To assess the prevalence of malnutrition amongst haemodialysis patients attending Nightcliff Renal Unit.

Background: Malnutrition places significant burdens on both the individual and the healthcare system and often goes unrecognised. Protein-energy malnutrition prevalence is reported to be between 23 to 76% for haemodialysis patients. Limited data exists for Indigenous Australians on haemodialysis with one source reporting a rate of 35%. This audit is focused on collecting prevalence data on malnutrition rates at a satellite dialysis unit where the majority of patients identify as Indigenous.

Methods: Over two days all haemodialysis patients attending Nightcliff Renal Unit will be assessed for malnutrition using the Subjective Global Assessment (SGA).

Results: Results will be collected in June 2017 and available to be presented in September 2017.

Conclusion: This study provides data on malnutrition rates in Indigenous dialysis patients.

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