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Outcomes of Continuous Process Improvement of a Nutritional Care Program Incorporating TTR Measurement

Elia Mears
Published Online: 2005-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2002.234


Early assessment of protein calorie malnutrition (PCM) can improve the outcome for hospitalized patients by allowing the initiation of nutrition support if required. In addition, monitoring nutritional status during the hospital stay can identify a decline in or improvement of PCM so that alterations to treatment regimens can be made if needed. The visceral protein albumin is the traditional laboratory indicator of PCM. In the past decade another protein has been lauded as a superior marker that can be used in conjunction. We undertook several studies to test the effectiveness of TTR as an aid in nutritional assessment. We found TTR to be a sensitive measure of nutritional status, allowing for earlier assessment and intervention, thus reducing length of stay and other hospital associated costs. Based on these findings, our hospital generated and implemented a multidisciplinary nutrition care program. Transthyretin is an integral portion of this program; levels are determined on admission and repeated twice weekly until discharge.

Published Online: 2005-06-01

Published in Print: 2002-12-10

Citation Information: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine. Volume 40, Issue 12, Pages 1355–1359, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2002.234, June 2005

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