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Malnutrition, including erosion of lean body mass and depletion of essential nutrients, is very common in critically ill patients as their nutrition status declines. Malnutrition is associated with impaired immunologic function, and malnourished patients have poorer outcomes after medical treatment or surgery. Early nutritional support should, therefore, be assessed as soon as possible, preferably upon admission, with ongoing monitoring for all critically ill patients to ensure individual needs are identified and catered for to improve outcomes.
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