Detecting the risks for hospital-acquired malnutrition in children can be performed by using nutritional screening tools. One of the screening tools that has been created is Alarm Malnutrition. This study aimed to test the sensitivity and specificity of Alarm Malnutrition in detecting the risks for hospital-acquired malnutrition in comparison to Screening Tool for the Risk on Nutritional status and Growth (STRONGkids). This study employed cross sectional design and involved 168 hospitalized children (1 month to 18 years) at pediatric ward. The data were analyzed using diagnostic approach which resulted in sensitivity and specificity values. The statistical tests showed that the sensitivity and specificity values of Alarm Malnutrition and STRONGKids were 32,2% and 81,6% respectively. These results indicated that this screening tool was not better than STRONGkids which has been previously used in Indonesia. Alarm Malnutrition needs to be developed and improved in order to achieve better performance in detecting the risks for hospital-acquired malnutrition.
- Hospital-acquired Malnutrition (HaM)
- screening tool