201. The Future of Pediatric Malnutrition: Establishing Prevalence, Ensuring Prevention

Sunday, October 21
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 152 AB
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141021

Pediatric malnutrition is associated with poor outcomes, longer length of stay, and higher health care costs. Furthermore, malnutrition is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, especially among older adults. The Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) states 20-50% percent of adults are malnourished or risk of malnutrition upon hospital admission. But what about children? Of the 2.1 million children hospitalized annually, only 54,600 had coded diagnoses of malnutrition, a prevalence of 2.6%. This session will present the work of the Pediatric Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (PNPG) malnutrition committee, providing information on what we need to do to help RDNs achieve our Second Century goal: to prevent all forms of malnutrition. This session will review concepts including how to establish prevalence, screen for malnutrition risk, assess and identify malnutrition, document the disease, treat it early via established auto-implemented protocols, and document outcomes in the pediatric population.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify why RDNs need to establish the rate of prevalence of malnutrition in pediatric population in their organizations.
  • Describe how to identify, document and treat pediatric malnutrition in their organizations.
  • Determine if looking into MQii materials in their organizations is feasible.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 2010 – Nutrition Diagnosis Assessment methodology
  • 4010 – Community intervention, monitoring, evaluation
  • 5070 – Pediatrics (client population)

Performance Indicator:

  • 10.2.6 Effectively communicates findings and nutrition diagnoses to clients and the health care team.
  • 10.4.1 Collects information related to the patients use of pharmacotherapy and dietary supplements.
  • 12.1.3 Collaborates with community partners and stakeholders in promoting nutritional health and disease prevention.


  • Lori Bechard, PhD, RD

    Clinical Research Manager

    Boston Children’s Hospital

  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Patricia Becker

    Pediatric Nutrition Specialist

    Dayton Children’s Hospital

  • Molly Vega, MS RDN LD

    Pediatric Clinical Dietitian

    Texas Children’s Hospital