For critically ill patients, there is an ongoing debate whether or not nutrition support should be designed to meet a patient's heightened energy needs. On the one hand, these patients are in a state of catabolic illness with higher calorie and protein needs. However, some researchers contend that full-volume nutrition support can actually interfere with the body's own recovery efforts. We examine both sides of the debate so you can make an informed decision for your patients.
Learning Needs Codes: 3020, 5000, 5170, 5440
Performance Indicators: 8.1.1, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5