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Nutritional Status Assessment of the Critically Ill Patient

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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 treatment.

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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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Lydia Nabwami
Lydia Nabwami is registered nurse who has worked in various healthcare settings including cardiac ward, cardiac critical care unit (ITU), general ITU, A&E department, nursing homes and community nursing. She uses her experience as a RN to write well-researched content that helps to attract and motivate audiences. Lydia is also a freelance writer for hire with specialisation in health writing and has helped numerous companies with their content needs. Her work has appeared on sites such as Caring Village, Reachout, Lisa Nelson RD and more. When she isn’t writing, you can find her listening to motivational speeches, keeping active or playing with her two daughters. Contact Lydia or visit her website at Lnwritingservices.co.uk for more information on her services.
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Cheryl Cheryl
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06 Apr 2022
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Sallyanne yildirim
03 Nov 2021
This was well written and easy to understand. It had documented references and offered further reading
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Ya-Jen Chang
15 Feb 2022
Very Informative
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Tylah Rowley
02 Mar 2021
Was good but could use more information on PEG feeds.
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Rajpreet Kaur
30 May 2020
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Amanda Raddatz
15 Dec 2020
Good learning. Please can you add more information on PEG Tube feeding and care of the PEG Tube site. Thanks!!
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Erica Versteegh
03 Nov 2021
good revision and reminder of importance of critical ill patience of hydration and nutrition they need for recovery.
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Jenny Maclean
03 Nov 2021
Informative
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28 Apr 2021
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