Instant nutritional assessment

JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 1979 May-Jun;3(3):157-9. doi: 10.1177/014860717900300309.


Instant nutritional assessment of the hospitalized patient is described based upon admission serum albumin levels and total lymphocyte counts. Abnormalities of these parameters are associated with markedly increased morbidity and mortality in a series of 500 consecutively admitted patient. It is suggested that instant nutritional assessment be performed on all hospitalized patients with appropriate alterations and therapy being made to allow for nutritional repletion.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Leukocyte Count*
  • Lymphocytes / cytology*
  • Nutrition Disorders / blood
  • Nutrition Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Serum Albumin / analysis*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative


  • Serum Albumin