Improving the delivery of daily calorific targets via the enteral route in a critically ill patient population: A quality improvement cycle in a mixed surgical and medical intensive care unit in the United Kingdom
Author(s): Johnston B.; Ahmed T.; Al-Moasseb Z.; Habgood M.; Clarke S.; Krige A.
Source: Journal of the Intensive Care Society; May 2018; vol. 19 (no. 2); p. 9-10
Publication Date: May 2018
Publication Type(s): Conference Abstract
Abstract:Introduction: Enteral nutrition and adequate calorie intake has been associated with reduced infections and improved survival in critically ill patients. Despite this evidence data suggests patients do not achieve their daily calorific requirement. This 'iatrogenic underfeeding' is thought to be widespread with the CALORIES study revealing that only 10%-30% of prescribed daily kCal was delivered to patients.
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