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Deaths highlight importance of nutrition

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Three people have died and the lives of eight others were put at risk over the past year, as a result of poor nutritional care, new figures show.

Three people have died and the lives of eight others were put at risk over the past year, as a result of poor nutritional care, new figures show.

Reports submitted by healthcare staff to the National Patient Safety Agency from July 2006 to June 2007 show that 423 incidents occurred.

Nine out of 10 incidents resulted in no or minimal harm. Of the remainder, 7% were moderately serious, and just under 3% fatal or extremely serious.

Most of the incidents related to allowing 'nil by mouth' to continue for too long, food service provision on the ward, and artificial nutrition.

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