Adult Failure to Thrive

Admission Criteria for Adult Failure to Thrive

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) < 22 kg/m
BMI = 703 x patient's body weight in pounds + height in inches
  • Declining enteral/parenteral nutritional support or not responding to such support
  • Karnofsky score of 40 or less
  • At time of recertification recumbent measurements (anthropometry) midarm circumference in cm may be substituted for BMI with documentation as to why a BMI could not be measured
Other co-morbid conditions:
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Frequent UTI's
  • Septicemia
  • Decubitus ulcer(s)
  • Frequent URI's
  • Frequent opportunistic infections
  • Weight loss of > 10% over preceding months