Skip to main content

Table 1 Site characteristics

From: Need for the Integrated Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care (INPAC): gaps in current nutrition care in five Canadian hospitals

  Site A Site B Site C Site D Site E
Hospital type Academic Academic Community Academic Community
Hospital size (# of beds) 430 1100 150 798 186
Unit size 35 beds 27 beds 50 beds 28 beds 34 beds
Nurse: patient Days 1:9
Nights 1:6
Days 1: 4
Nights 1: 6
Days 1:5
Nights 1:8
1:5 Day: 1:6
Evening: 1:7
Night: 1: 11
Hospital Reported Average Length of Stay on Study Unit 9.3 days 10.3 days 5.5 days 9.3 days 10.9 days
Unit specializations Accountable Care Unit Specialized staff Acute Stroke Respiratory Family Medicine
Nutrition-related Roles Present on Unit • Diet clerk
• RD
• Food service workers
• Diet clerk
• Diet tech
• RD
• Food Attendants
• Clinical Nutrition Assistant
• Dietary Aide
• RD
• RD
• Food service workers
• Dietary Aide
• Diet Clerk
• RD
• Food service workers
Food delivery Tray service by food service worker Tray service by food attendants Tray service by dietary aide Tray service by food service worker Tray service by dietary aide/health care aide
Involvement in original Canadian Malnutrition Task Force study Yes No Yes Yes No
Patient meal day cost N/A $30.22 $13.97 $41.04 $19.18
Average bed cost/day $1035.00 $531.88 $325.00 $1000.00 $327.00
  1. Data reported on site survey