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For many patients at risk of malnutrition consuming large volumes of food and fluid can be challenging. This can be due to a range of conditions such as poor appetite, early satiety, dyspnea and exhaustion.
Dietary advice for these patients often includes food fortification and eating ‘little and often’; this means having smaller but more frequent meals, snacks and nourishing drinks1.
For patients that require an oral nutritional supplement (ONS), consuming an 200ml ONS can be unachievable. In addition, they may have poor dexterity and muscle weakness, which may cause difficulty in preparing powdered ONS, making them less clinically effective and therefore less cost effective.
For these patients, low volume, ready to drink ONS may be more suitable. When ONS are taken in compact 125ml volumes patient compliance is at 90% versus 78% with a standard 200ml supplement2,3,5. A wide variety of flavours is also associated with improved compliance2,3,4.
As a result, patients’ energy and protein intakes are significantly greater, helping to achieve clinical and functional outcomes9.
The Fortisip Compact* range is the only range of high energy (2.4kcal/ml), low volume (125ml), ONS available6. The range includes Fortisip Compact, Fortisip Compact Fibre and Fortisip Compact Protein6.
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Fortisip Compact Protein
Energy and protein are required for muscle protein synthesis, which could help address the characteristic loss of muscle reserves in frailty7. However, many older adults may struggle to meet their daily protein requirements with food alone8.
High protein oral nutritional supplements may be useful for frail elderly patients at high risk of malnutrition, as they significantly improve energy and protein intakes (without impacting dietary intake), body weight, body composition and function, whilst reducing risk of clinical complications.8
Fortisip Compact Protein is a high protein, high energy, ready to drink ONS in a low volume (125ml), available in 9 flavours. 2 bottles of Fortisip Compact Protein per day could help to fill an energy and protein gap in your frail elderly patients, whilst providing approximately half of their daily vitamin and mineral requirements10,11
How to prescribe Fortisip Compact Protein: 250ml (2 bottles) per day for 12 weeks, a total volume for the 12 weeks 21,000ml (168 bottles). This is in in line with the ‘Managing Malnutrition in the Community’ recommendations for frail elderly patients at high risk of malnutrition.
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*The Fortisip Compact Range are Food for Special Medical Purposes for the dietary management of disease related malnutrition and must be used under medical supervision.