Showing posts with label dietitian. Show all posts
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Can early enteral nutrition decrease mortality?

Early enteral nutrition, provided within 24 h of injury or intensive care unit admission, significantly reduces mortality in critically ill patients: a metaanalysis of randomised controlled trials.


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Early enteral nutrition, provided within 24 h of injury or intensive care unit admission, significantly reduces mortality in critically ill patients: a metaanalysis of randomised controlled trials.

In my quest for sort out the answer of when to initiate enteral nutrition in my critically ill ICU patients, the data leans toward starting early. In this meta-analysis that was published in 2009, despite the sample sizes being very small, they were able to find a benefit regarding mortality and pneumonias when you start feeding patients within 24 hours. How small you ask? Well, 234 in the group that determined a benefit in mortality and just 80 in the group that determined a benefit towards pneumonia of early feeding. We need larger studies. All these authors admit this. We need some super ambitious RD's out there to take this bull by the horns and definitely answer these questions for us! A 🎩 tip to the authors!


-EJ


Doig GS, Heighes PT, Simpson F, Sweetman EA, Davies AR. Early enteral nutrition, provided within 24 h of injury or intensive care unit admission, significantly reduces mortality in critically ill patients: a metaanalysis of randomised controlled trials. Intensive Care Med. 2009;35(12): 2018-2027.

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