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Timing and Indications for Enteral Nutrition in the Critically Ill

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Early initiation of enteral nutrition is indicated for all patients likely to require ICU care for more than two days. Early enteral nutrition has shown to reduce mortality, reduce gut dysfunction, prevent ventilator associated pneumonia, and shorten the duration of mechanical ventilation in the ICU. The data supporting the initiation of enteral nutrition within 24 hours of ICU admission is reviewed.

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  • Enteral nutrition
  • Enteral feeding
  • Enteral timing
  • Enteral indications
  • Nutrition support
  • Intensive care
  • Critical illness

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Heighes, P.T., Doig, G.S., Simpson, F. (2016). Timing and Indications for Enteral Nutrition in the Critically Ill. In: Seres, D., Van Way, III, C. (eds) Nutrition Support for the Critically Ill. Nutrition and Health. Humana Press, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21831-1_4

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