Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Nutrition

7.0 Nurses in all practice settings should complete a nutrition and hydration screen within 48 hours of admission, after a positive dysphagia screen and with changes in neurological or medical status, in order to prevent the complications of dehydration and malnutrition. In situations where impairments are identified, clients should be referred to a trained healthcare professional for further assessment and management.