A study suggests that oral nutritional supplementation (ONS) among hospitalized older adults with COPD appears to reduce length of stay (LOS), hospitalization costs, and readmission risks when compared with no ONS:

ONS HospitalizationNon-ONS Hospitalization
LOS6.9 days8.8 days
Hospitalization costs$10,953$12,523
Probability of 30-day readmission0.290.34

 

Source: Chest, June 2015.

An abstract of the study is available at http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/article.aspx?articleID=1921607.