Abbott, one of the world’s leaders in health care, along with the leading health economists has supported a new health economics outcomes study. The study found out that patients who were hospitalized and given oral nutritional supplements have had significant reduced hospital stay which results in reduced cost of hospitalization. The 30-day readmission risk was also significantly reduced for patients with at least one known subsequent. The study was done with more than one million adult hospital cases.
Now this is indeed good news for me. Why? Being in my sandwich years of taking care of a family and taking care of my parents, I am constantly anxious about their state of health especially since we live about 4 hours away from each other’s home.
My mother is a stickler for healthy food like fish, fruits and vegetables and so they do not have health-issues related to lifestyle as of now. A few years ago, my father was diagnosed with a condition with which prompt medical interventions were needed. Today he is has good health because of dietary supplements as well as oral nutrition supplements alongside the meals they prepare at home.
Hospital stay is not something we look forward to especially when there are times that those who have been hospitalized come out even more sick
The study I mentioned above was published in the American Journal of Managed Care, (Feb 2013) provides insights into the economic benefits of prescribing oral nutritional supplements to adult patients in the hospital setting.
W hat are the benefits of providing patients with oral nutrition supplements?
- 21% or 2.3 days reduction in length of stay which could translate to 21.6% reduced hospitalization cost
- 6.7% reduction in the probability of a 30-day readmission in patients who had at least one known subsequent readmission
These are just the numbers, for the caregivers and most especially the patients, the emotional and psychological burden of being in a hospital or being sick are reduced as well.
In the study, investigators were able to determine differences in length of stay and costs by comparing hospital stays where oral nutritional supplements were prescribed to stays of similar conditions where oral nutritional supplements weren’t prescribed.
“Because oral nutrition supplements are formulated to provide advanced nutrition and calories for compromised patients and are relatively inexpensive to provide, the sizeable savings they generate make supplementation a cost-effective therapy,” said study co-author, Tomas Philipson PhD, Daniel Levin Chair of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
Philippine Hospital Setting:
In the Philippine setting, 4 out of 10 among Filipinos who have been hospitalized or are out-patients are at risk of under-nutrition. Under-nutrition makes the body susceptible to more infections that will lead to further complications and prolonging not just hospitalization but having the illness itself.
“Impaired nutritional status, especially in patients recovering from serious illnesses or surgery, can result in longer hospital stays; an increase in complication rates, higher readmission rates, and associated health care costs,” says Dr. Marianna Sioson, president of the Philippine Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. “Research shows that using oral nutritional supplements can help reduce their length of stay and associated hospital costs. This is indeed good news for the 4 out of 10 hospitalized Filipino patients who are nutritionally at-risk since most of them shoulder their hospital expenses out of their own pockets.”
One of the ways that under-nutrition can be helped is by taking Oral Nutritional Supplements such as Abbott’s Ensure that has two variants: Ensure Gold and Ensure Acti-M2. Ensure Gold is for those who have reached their “golden years” and is good to drink whether they are healthy or not. Acti-M2 is a perfect drink for those who have not yet reached the golden years. Alongside a healthy lifestyle and eating the right kind of food, optimum health can be achieved.
Incidentally, Abbott Nutrition and the Philippine Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition has a partnership in the fight against Undernutrition with the Undernutrition Risk Screening Survey where those who will participate need to answer a few questions regarding their health conditions.
The results of this survey would give more data on the undernutrition condition of people at risk for this condition so that early intervention can be started immediately.
Abbott Philippines now offers special discount for every purchase of participating products within maximum limit of purchase every month. Enjoy Life Club also offers professional nutrition care advice as well as personalized meal plans from their team of registered nutritionist-dietitians.
Call (02) 995-1555 or 1-800-10-955-1555 on weekdays from 8am – 8pm for more information. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Study
The Impact of Oral Nutritional Supplementation on Hospital Outcomes”study is a retrospective data analysis on the effect of oral nutritional supplements on hospital economic outcomes. The study compared hospital stays where oral nutritional supplements were provided with similar hospital stays that did not provide oral nutritional supplements. The difference between length of hospital stay and cost of treatment (including supplies, labor, depreciation of equipment, etc.) were measured.
The probability of 30-day hospital readmission also was calculated.
About Abbott Nutrition
For more than 85 years, Abbott Nutrition has been developing and marketing science-based nutritional products to support the growth, health and wellness of people of all ages. Internationally recognized brands include PediaSure® brand of complete and balanced nutrition for children; and the Ensure® brand of complete and balanced oral nutritional supplements for adults.
The company is a leader in nutritional products clinically shown to address the distinct dietary needs of people with serious health conditions or special nutrient requirements, such as the Glucerna® brand of nutrition shakes and bars for people with diabetes.
Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 69,000 people.
Information written in this article were from the data from studies conducted presented in the conference. I have also received a free sample of Abbott Ensure Gold from Abbott Nutrition which I have given to my mother.