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9.4.7 Step 7-When to Discontinue ONS

Step 7- When to discontinue ONS

  • Goals have been met and individual is no longer malnourished
  • Nutritional status has improved and the individual is back to an eating and drinking pattern which is sufficient to maintain weight (reinforce food fortification advice)
  • The individual is clinically stable and any acute episode has abated
  • No further clinical benefit will be realised and/or use may cause the patient anxiety or discomfort e.g. those that may be in the final days of life

N.B. Discontinue the ONS on the patient’s medication list and document date, weight, MUST score and reason for stopping ONS.

Following discontinuation consider review after an appropriate period to ensure there is no reoccurrence of the precipitating problem or deterioration of nutritional status.