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Giving elderly hospital patients one extra meal a day cuts deaths by half, major NHS trial finds



G iving elderly patients an extra meal a day halves their chances of dying in the hospital, an NHS pilot scheme is showing.

Mortality rates among those admitted with hip fractures have plummeted since the scheme was introduced two years ago, prompting physicians to consider recommending it nationally, The Telegraph can reveal.

Experts behind the program say older patients can not consume enough nutrients during convalescence in geriatric wards.

this contributes to the toll of over 4,000 seniors who die within one month of hospitalization due to a hip fracture each year.

But to five trusts in England and one in Scotland, the introduction of a dedicated nutritional intake … [1

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