Provision and Assessment of Nutrition Support Therapy in the Adult Critically Ill Patient

Provision and Assessment of Nutrition Support Therapy in the Adult Critically Ill Patient Crit Care Med. 2016;44(2):390-438 Published: 2/16/2016 Guidelines for the Provision and Assessment of Nutrition Support Therapy in the Adult Critically Ill Patient, from A.S.P.E.N. and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, are based on general conclusions of health professionals who, in developing such guidelines, have balanced potential benefits to be derived from a particular mode of medical therapy against certain risks inherent with such therapy. However, practice guidelines are not intended as absolute requirements. The use of these practice guidelines does not in any way project or guarantee any specific benefit in outcome or survival.

The judgment of the healthcare professional based on individual circumstances of the patient must always take precedence over the recommendations in these guidelines.

The guidelines offer basic recommendations that are supported by review and analysis of the current literature, other national and international guidelines, and a blend of expert opinion and clinical practicality. The population of critically ill patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) is not homogeneous. Many of the studies on which the guidelines are based are limited by sample size, patient heterogeneity, variability in disease severity, lack of baseline nutritional status, and insufficient statistical power for analysis.
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