I think it’s best to start with the facts, because this is a pretty significant issue that we are currently seeing in the hospital space. Presently, an estimated one in three patients emitted to the hospital are already malnourished, and if left untreated, roughly two-thirds will only decline in nutrition during their hospital stay. In addition, malnourished patients experience decreased wound healing, high infection rates, and an increased risk of pressure ulcers. They also experience longer hospital stays, increased cost in health care, and more readmissions (Today’s Dietician).
Hangry is changing the game when it comes to in-patient dining. We want to not only increase patient satisfaction, but ensure patient safety and nutrition. Through Hangry’s in-patient mobile ordering service, we can accomplish all these goals. All patient information is available at your fingertips, leaving no room for mistakes or unsatisfied patients. According to CBC news, 76% of patients were dissatisfied with the taste and temperate of the food. With Hangry’s in-patient mobile ordering, you are able to order exactly what the patient wants from the in-room tablet, and once the order is placed, the food is then prepared and delivered to the patient’s room hot and ready. When patients have a poor appetite that doesn’t match their needs, they can spiral downward into malnutrition, losing weight and muscle. With Hangry’s system, the staff on duty will have immediate access to the patient’s entire medical history, food intolerances, allergies and all current medications the patient is taking. With all this information, the staff member can then make educated meal choices based on the needs of the patient. This can include ordering a delicious meal the patient wants, ensuring a sufficient amount of food is ordered to take with their medication, and guaranteeing that the food is free of ingredients that will cause any sort of allergic reaction. With this system, you’ll not only help protect the needs of the patient, but also increase efficiency and reduce operational and food costs (without any need for paperwork!) This paperless system leaves no room for order mistakes, and with the increase in meal satisfaction, patients are less likely to order off-site—which can interfere with their health and safety.
Hospitals need to start developing the necessary strategies to identify and treat in-patient malnutrition. With Hangry, we are able to not only solve this problem but also elevate the hospital dining experience, and ensure the patient’s health and meal satisfaction. Happy, Healthy Tummies.
To learn more about how mobile ordering can improve hospital dining, click here.