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eQIP: Designed to Make a Positive Difference for Patients and Hospitals

eQIP is an easy-to-use, robust, turnkey quality improvement project that:

Helps you see your nutrition process in a clear and impactful way

Identifies and closes any gaps in the nutrition process, optimizing your hospital’s quality goals

Provides the ability to compare key metrics to help identify areas for improved efficiency and focus

The eQIP objective is to measure and assess hospital nutrition care practices. These assessments determine if instituting protocol changes to nutrition screening, intervention, and/or discharge processes can enhance these processes to meet the quality goals of hospitals.

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Measure and optimize your hospital’s nutrition process with the Ensure Quality Improvement Project (eQIP)

Three phase approach

A 3-phase approach to produce actionable data regarding your nutrition practices.

eQIP process: three main areas for Quality Improvement

Identification

Properly identifying a patient’s nutrition status sets the foundation to address malnutrition. Correctly using validated screening tools to assess malnutrition risk establishes the appropriate action for the next step: intervention.

Intervention

Meeting the needs of patients “at-risk” for malnutrition starts with the involvement of the RD, followed by additional medical team members. Properly following this step initiates timely intervention with appropriate nutrition, including oral nutritional supplements.

Diagnosis & Discharge

It is essential that each malnourished patient receives appropriate and accurate diagnosis. It is equally important at discharge to educate each patient on the important role that nutrition plays in recovery; they should be given a recommendation to meet their specific nutritional needs at home and a prescription to reinforce the recommendation.

A Midwest community hospital case study

Adapted from a poster presentation at the A.S.P.E.N. 2016 Clinical Nutrition Week

This is one example of the impact the eQIP program had in helping a hospital identify opportunities for improvement.

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175 bed, community hospital

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Currently using MST

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~3000 patients' data was analyzed over 4 months in the fall of 2015

Conclusion:

eQIP data was paired with site audit data to demonstrate the need for improved screening accuracy (to identify patients who are at risk for malnutrition). Patients had insufficient EMR data to trigger an RDN assessment.

The need for automation of several areas of the Nutrition Care Process were also identified.

Site data also demonstrated a discrepancy between RD and MD diagnosis of malnutrition, as well as a need for improved continuity between what occurs during the patient stay and at discharge.

“At risk” patients and patients with RD consult

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Patients receiving ONS during stay receiving an ONS recommendation/prescription at discharge

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