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Metabolic Support of the Critically Ill Patient

Volume 17 of the series Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine pp 3-18

Measuring Body Composition in Intensive Care Patients

  • G. L. Hill
  • , D. Monk
  • , L. D. Plank

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Abstract

Body composition research has led to a better understanding of the molecular structure of the body which has enhanced clinical care in many areas including critical care medicine. For many years, body composition measuring technology has not been adequate to enable its practical use in intensive care environments. However, new advances have opened the possibility for body composition measurements to be obtained not only for the evaluation of therapies used in intensive care patients, but also for the daily care of critically ill patients.