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Optimising Nutrition With an Integrated Nutrition Module: Myth or Reality?

2016 30 Nov

As a neurointensivist with a strong interest in nutritional support, I was delighted to trial a new integrated nutritional module. We know that nutrition really matters to our ICU patients in the context of first indicators. For example, our research group recently published a paper about two patients with viral meningoencephalitis. Invasive neuromonitoring... Read more


2016 30 Nov

The intensive care unit (ICU) is a complex environment, due to the surroundings, the heterogeneity of patients, caregiver turnover and the at times lengthy patient stays, which lead to increased complexity. The multiple technologies available add another layer of intricacy. However, with the modern tools available to the intensivist, it is now possible... Read more

Study: Under- and Over-Feeding Associated with Harm

2016 22 Nov

A study that examined resting energy expenditure, calorie and protein consumption in intensive care unit (ICU) patients found that both underfeeding and overfeeding appeared to be harmful. The results showed a non-linear, significant association between the percent Administered Calories (AdCal)/Resting Energy Expenditure (REE) as measured by indirect... Read more

ICU Nutrition - Puzzle Solved?

2016 08 Nov

Solving the conundrum of underfeeding of critically ill patients in practice while guidelines recommend generous feeding is the subject of an article in F1000Research, by L. John  Hoffer, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, Canada and Bruce Bistrian, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical... Read more

Volume 16 - Issue 3, 2016

2016 27 Sep

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Is Enteral Feeding Feasible Early After Abdominal Crisis?

2016 27 Sep

The enteral route is commonly accepted as the first choice for providing ‏nutrition to patients in the ICU with stable haemodynamics and a functional ‏gastrointestinal (GI) tract. However, there is wide uncertainty ‏regarding safe enteral nutrition in patients with critical pathology in the ‏abdomen. In the current review we address different abdominal... Read more

Potential Nutritional Strategies to Reduce Muscle Wasting in Early Critical Illness

2016 30 May

This review will briefly discuss the potential role of nutrition and the  schedule of delivery on reducing skeletal muscle wasting in early critical illness. Increasing numbers of patients are surviving critical illness due to treatment advances in the early management of acutely unwell patients. This survival advantage is reflected as an increase... Read more

Volume 16 - Issue 2, 2016

2016 27 May

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Dietitians in Critical Care - A Fundamental and Evolving Role

2016 11 Mar

Nutrition in Critical Care Patients in the critical care setting are at risk of malnutrition (Heyland et al. 2011). The provision of nutrition support (enteral or parenteral) to critically ill patients is vital, but achieving the optimum quantity and balance is a contentious topic. There are two major and contradictory perspectives with respect... Read more

Nutrition Therapy - ASPEN/SCCM Updated Guidelines

2016 19 Jan

The 2009 American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) nutrition therapy guidelines for critically ill patients have been updated by a multidisciplinary committee of experts in clinical nutrition and are published by ASPEN and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition . The... Read more