Baxter Supports New Study Showing Nutritional Needs in Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients and Published Practical Guidelines for Care
During the study, energy needs were measured by indirect calorimetry (mREE) every third day and were compared to predicted energy needs according to the Harris-Benedict equation (HBE). Hypermetabolism and wider variability in mREE were observed after the first week in the ICU. The observed hypermetabolism persisted and mREE increased during the third ICU week with an average mREE of 150 percent of that predicted. In some cases, REE was as high as two times greater than that predicted by HBE, which significantly underpredicted REE after the first ICU week. The study’s findings align with previously published literature1,2 on the importance of measuring patients’ nutritional needs and tailoring nutrition therapy over the course of a patient’s hospitalization, as REE changes during this time.
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1 Zusman et al. Resting energy expenditure, calorie and protein consumption in critically ill patients: a retrospective cohort study. Critical Care (2016) 20:367. DOI: 10.1186/s13054-016-1538-4.
2 Zusman et al. Predictive equations versus measured energy expenditure by indirect calorimetry: A retrospective validation. Clinical Nutrition (2019) Jun;38(3):1206-1210. DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2018.04.020. Epub 2018
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