Eating Well Can Help Patients Recover
When people are getting over a sickness or injury, they may not think of eating the right kind of food during their recovery.
But good nutrition may be key to getting their health back.
When Monika McComb returned home from the hospital, she did not think about following a healthier diet to help her get better.
"You know, I could hardly even hardly walk with a cane."
McComb did not consider that her weakness might be because of poor nutrition -- until health care workers tested her.
The test was part of a study carried out by Advocate Health Care and Abbott. Researchers hoped to learn about how nutrition helps to reduce visits to the hospital.
An invisible problem
Suela Sulo is a health researcher with Abbot, a company that makes medical devices and drugs. She says doctors rarely think of malnutrition when working with patients who are in recovery.
"Malnutrition is invisible to the eye, and therefore it remains under diagnosed and under-treated."
McComb joined a home health care program, which provided her with a detailed nutrition plan.
The majority of Americans are able to get healthy food. But one in three patients in home health care is malnourished or has some nutritional shortage. This puts their health -- and recovery -- at risk.
Kate Riley is a chief nursing officer with Advocate Health Care.
"Nutrition is not the primary reason why patients usually come to home health; however, it is important for us to pay attention to the nutrition to promote their strength and get them recovered quicker."
Abbot paid for the study and worked with Advocate Health Care to find a way to reduce hospitalizations, cut medical costs and promote patients' health.
Faster recovery with nutritional drinks
In the study, patients using home health care received education about nutrition, along with nutritional drinks. Sulo said that after such care, they were nearly 20 percent less likely to go to the hospital in the 90 days that followed an injury or illness.
"Through identifying the patients with malnutrition risk, feeding them with the right nutritional drinks, you are increasing their chances of recovering faster, not going back to the hospital, or not going to the hospital in the first place."
One of the study's goals was to create a program that patients could follow on their own. This meant the patients needed to learn about nutrition. Gretchen VanDerBosch says anyone can become malnourished and not know it. She says educating patients about nutrition is very important.
"Their outcome is so much improved, they have more strength, they heal quicker, have less falls, they have less readmissions,"
The researchers say they hope other health care programs and hospitals can use the study to help their patients, as well.
As for Monika McComb, she says she feels stronger and has more energy than she had at the start of the program. She said her home health nurse and a focus on nutrition have improved her health.
I'm Jill Robbins.
1.as well 也
He should pay and maintain you as well.
2.As for 至于
As for her engagement with Adam, I would say the portents are gloomy.
3.getting over 克服；恢复
He is just getting over a bad heart attack, so he is still weak now.
4.medical costs 医疗费用
The study did not estimate direct medical costs.
5.You are increasing their chances of recovering faster, not going back to the hospital, or not going to the hospital in the first place."
in the first place 起初；一开始
I don't think we should have been there in the first place.
I'm amazed they had the cheek to ask in the first place.
6.You are increasing their chances of recovering faster, not going back to the hospital, or not going to the hospital in the first place."
going back to 返回
I now look forward to going back to work as soon as possible.
How do you feel about going back to the neighborhood?
当莫妮卡·麦库姆（Monika McComb）出院回家后，她并没有想过要通过更健康的饮食来帮助自己康复 。
这项测试是由爱德维科特医疗中心和雅培公司开展的某研究的一部分 。研究人员希望了解营养如何有助于减少造访医院的次数 。
苏拉·苏洛（Suela Sulo）是雅培公司的健康研究员，该公司生产医疗设备和药物 。她指出，医生在治疗康复期的病人时很少会考虑到营养不良 。
大多数美国人都能获取健康的食物 。但在家庭医疗保健中，有三分之一的病人营养不良或营养不足 。导致他们的健康和康复处于危险之中 。
凯特·莱利（Kate Riley）是爱德维科特医疗中心的首席护理官 。
在这项研究中，接受家庭健康护理项目的患者接受了营养教育，以及营养饮料的教育 。苏洛指出，这样的护理项目结束后，患者在受伤或生病后的90天内前往医院的可能性降低了近20% 。
该研究的目标之一是创建一项病人可自主遵循的程序 。这意味着病人需要学习相关营养知识 。Gretchen VanDerBosch说，任何人都有可能营养不良而不自知 。她说，对病人进行营养教育非常重要 。
至于麦库姆，她说自己感觉比刚参加护理项目时更强壮、更有活力 。她说，她的家庭健康护士以及对营养的关注改善了她的健康 。