Nutritional therapy in the head-injured patient is designed to prevent catabolism of lean body cell mass; minimize specific and potential complications; and assist the patient to return to normal nutritional status. Prompt nutritional support accompanied by physical therapy can enhance long term rehabilitation. The critical care nurse plays a major role in this process by providing nutrition along with hemodynamic and neurologic stabilization.
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LD Varella; Nutritional support and head trauma. Crit Care Nurse 1 July 1989; 9 (6): 28–29. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn19184.108.40.206
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