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The Clean Plate Sign
  • Thomas F Heston
Thomas F Heston
Elson S Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University

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Hospitalized patients, upon admission, often have a degree of anorexia which gradually resolves as their medical condition improves. Thus, a quick way to assess the overall improvement of hospitalized patients is to look at their plate after breakfast when rounding. Patients with a clean plate after eating their full meal often are close to or ready to be discharged home.