Clinical Vignettes

Discharge Optimization: Nutritional Needs

By highlighting that this patient likely lives in a food desert, clinicians were able to address her immediate nutritional need and avoid an extended stay in the hospital.

A 68-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital after a fall that resulted in a mild head injury. She was previously diagnosed with subclavian steal, and her chief complaint was of nausea/vomiting that had lasted six days. She refused to eat.

The Jvion MachineTM identified the patient as at risk for an extended length of stay (LOS) because of the strong likelihood that she in lives in a food desert, is low income, and has a history of fluid/electrolyte imbalance. Recommendations included a nutrition consult and oral nutritional supplements.

Based on the insights delivered by the Jvion Machine, clinicians ordered nutritional supplements and consulted the dietary team to ensure that the patient’s nutritional needs would be met pre-op and post-operatively. As a result, the patient avoided a prolonged stay in the hospital and received the ongoing support she needed.