American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Optimizing Nutrition Prior to Surgery

Nutritional status is a major determinant of outcomes for any type of surgery, especially for high-risk patients. Strong for Surgery is an initiative aimed at identifying and improving evidence-based practices to help patients have better surgical outcomes.

The Strong for Surgery nutrition initiative focuses on nutrition screening of patients prior to an operation to determine those at greatest risk for malnutrition. Good nutritional status is important to help patients heal better and fight infection.

The Strong for Surgery Nutrition Checklist addresses three separate components:

  • Screening for Malnutrition
  • Lab Tests for Risk Stratification
  • Screening for Use of Supplements



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