Caloric requirements are recorded in fewer than 50% of PICU patients

07/1/2013 |

Data on 1,349 critically ill patients, ages 30 days to 18 years, who were admitted to pediatric intensive care units showed that 47.7% of them had a documented caloric requirement in their medical records, mostly entered by registered dietitians. Documentation was linked to substantially higher total daily energy intake and greater use of enteral feeding compared with patients without such documentation, according to the study on the website of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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