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The impact of implementation of a nutrition support algorithm on nutrition care outcomes in an intensive care unit.
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PMID:  23135707     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: A nutrition support algorithm is an operational version of a guideline that is adapted to local requirements and easy to apply in clinical practice. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of implementing a nutrition support algorithm on nutrition care outcomes in an intensive care unit (ICU) in Switzerland without a designated dietitian.
METHODS: The retrospective study included data collection on 2 cohorts of critically ill patients before (n = 56) and after (n = 56) implementation of a nutrition support algorithm based on the guidelines published by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition guidelines.
RESULTS: There were significant differences between groups for the mean delivery of total energy in the pre- vs postimplementation group (909 ± 444 vs 1097 ± 420 kcal/d; P = .023) and mean delivery of protein per day (35 ± 17.9 vs 59.1 ± 27.3 g; P < .001). For patients staying at least 7 days in the ICU, the cumulative energy deficit decreased from -5664 ± 3613 kcal in the preimplementation group to -2972 ± 2420 kcal (P = .011) in the postimplementation group. No significant differences in the route of feeding and timing of enteral nutrition initiation were found.
CONCLUSIONS: Implementation of a nutrition support algorithm resulted in improved provision of energy and protein delivery. This may be further improved with routine nutrition assessment by a dietitian or a designated nutrition support team.
Caroline M Kiss; Laura Byham-Gray; Robert Denmark; Rene Loetscher; Rebecca A Brody
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nutrition in clinical practice : official publication of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1941-2452     ISO Abbreviation:  Nutr Clin Pract     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8606733     Medline TA:  Nutr Clin Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  793-801     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Caroline M. Kiss, University Hospital Basel, Ernährungsberatung, Basel, 4031, Switzerland;
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