Why is ‘MUST’ so important?
‘MUST’ is a malnutrition screening tool we use to highlight any potential nutritional problems a patient may have at the point of admission. We do it early – within 24 hours of admission - to prevent it affecting a patient’s wellbeing while in hospital.
MUST helps us gain a full picture of a patient’s health, not just their initial reason for admission, and enables us to make appropriate referrals to other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
MUST provides a baseline for long term plans to be made. It enables Dietitians to understand a patient’s nutritional status and how much nutritional support they may need. It leads nursing staff to complete a food and drink care plan to manage individual needs.
MUST does what it says on the tin: screens for malnutrition so we as health professionals can work with patients to try and make things better.