NUTRITION THE 5TH VITAL ASSESSMENT

You already know about T-P-R – temperature, pulse, respiration and pain. You record those four vital assessments at every patient exam. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and many of your colleagues now consider nutrition the 5th Vital Assessment.

 

By making a specific nutritional recommendation for every pet at every visit, you will be strengthening relationships with your clients and meeting the needs of your patients.

1Quantifying Opportunities Available by Increasing Compliance Rates. The Path to High-Quality Care: Practical Tips for Improving Compliance. Lakewood, CO: American Animal Hospital Association; 2003:77.

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