Dedicated to the management of those at risk of malnutrition in Ireland

The Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) is a multi-disciplinary professional organisation dedicated to optimising screening for and management of those at risk of malnutrition or other nutritional problems in Ireland, whether in hospital or in the community.

Key Aims of IrSPEN

IrSPEN aims to advance Ireland as a model of best practice in clinical nutrition by:

  • Ensuring early identification of those at risk of disease-related malnutrition.
  • Ensuring safe, efficacious and high quality nutritional care for all patients both in hospital and the community
  • Promoting research that advances our knowledge or practice of clinical nutrition in Ireland

Understanding Malnutrition 

Malnutrition in Ireland

Quick facts

  • Malnutrition affects ~145 000 adults at any time in Ireland.
  • Affects people with an underlying disease, illness or chronic health problem.
  • Although> 95% of malnourished are community based, highest concentration in hospitals (1 in 3 )
  • Untreated malnutrition/weight loss increases risk of infection, pressure sores, falls and poorer outcome
  • Healthcare costs are 3 times higher in malnourished patients

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