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On admission, the paediatric nutrition screening tool (PNST) should be completed for all paediatric patients and is a requirement for compliance to NSQHS Standards, Comprehensive Care. The screening tool comprises of 4 ‘yes/no’ questions used to identify those patients that require nutritional assessment and interventions. Information can be obtained from parents/carers, medical records and by examining the child.
The aim is to identify inpatients at nutritional risk.
The PNST is intended to be used on hospital admission of all inpatients. The screening tool consists of 4 “yes/no” which is embedded in the nursing workflow practices within the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) under Admission, Discharge, Transfer (ADT) Navigators within the Admission assessment.
See attached evidence table.
Please remember to read the disclaimer.The development of this nursing guideline was coordinated by Jacqui McCall, Improvement Manager, Improvement National Standards and approved by the Nursing Clinical Effectiveness Committee. First published September 2019.