Establishing a nutrition protocol with an accompanying algorithm allows a multidisciplinary team to make decisions to maintain or improve nutrition-related outcomes during the intensive care unit (ICU) stay. This descriptive pilot study included subjects (N = 11) recruited from a convenient sample of patients admitted for surgical implantation of a mechanical circulatory support device. Nutritional and strength measures were compared across 3 time intervals: preoperatively, postoperative day 3, and within 48 hours of transfer from ICU. The mean age of the sample was 60 ± 8 years. Overall, subjects maintained preoperative nutritional status demonstrated by a nonsignificant change in the nutritional and strength measures from the preoperative period compared to transfer from ICU. The nutrition protocol with algorithm provided a step-by-step approach to ensure a consistent nutritional plan of care. It also standardized nutritional care while ensuring safe practice.
Pilot Study Evaluates Nutrition for Patients Receiving Mechanical Circulatory Support in the Intensive Care Unit
Michelle Nellett, Mary P. Gregory, Cheryl A. Lefaiver; Pilot Study Evaluates Nutrition for Patients Receiving Mechanical Circulatory Support in the Intensive Care Unit. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 July 2012; 23 (3): 258–269. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/NCI.0b013e31824c993a
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