How can JHH NS be used to improve outcomes after heart surgery?

JHH NS (Johns Hopkins Hospital Nutrition Score), a nutrition risk score, can improve outcomes after heart surgery by helping doctors identify people at risk for malnutrition when undergoing heart surgery. With the JHH NS, people who are at risk for malnutrition when undergoing heart surgery can be more quickly and easily identified, leading to intervention and potentially better surgical outcomes, according to a study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

JHH NS may heighten doctors' sensitivity to people who are most at risk for needing nutritional support, allowing them to receive intervention sooner than might have been done in the past.

A JHH NS is generated by seven variables, such as prior cardiac interventions, white blood cell count, and urgent/emergent operation status, that independently predicted the need for nutritional support. Each variable is given a number if it was abnormal, with higher total scores demonstrating increased need for nutritional support.

The JHH risk score can be used as a screening tool to divide cardiac surgery admissions into low or high risk for needing nutrition support. By adding up the total point score, doctors can determine how at risk people are for being unable to eat during the initial intensive care unit (ICU) period. If people are at high risk, and doctors know that, they can start nutrition sooner.

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