Standards for Nutrition Support: Adult Hospitalized Patients

Nutr Clin Pract. 2018 Dec;33(6):906-920. doi: 10.1002/ncp.10204. Epub 2018 Oct 15.


The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition defines standards as benchmarks representing a range of performance of competent care that should be provided to assure safe and efficacious nutrition care in most circumstances. Standards are documents that define the structure needed to provide competent care. These Standards for Nutrition Support for Adult Hospitalized Patients are an update of the 2010 Standards. These practice-based standards are intended for use by healthcare professionals charged with the care of adult hospitalized patients receiving nutrition support therapy in any hospital with or without a formal nutrition support service or team. These Standards address professional responsibilities as they relate to patient assessment, diagnosis, education, care plan development, implementation, clinical monitoring, evaluation, and professional issues around nutrition support.

Keywords: enteral nutrition; hospitalization; nutrition assessment; nutrition support; parenteral nutrition; standard of care.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Enteral Nutrition*
  • Hospitalization*
  • Hospitals*
  • Humans
  • Nutritional Status
  • Nutritional Support
  • Parenteral Nutrition*
  • Societies, Medical