Energy Requirements in the Critically Ill Patient

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Accurate determination of energy needs is an important part of the nutritional assessment of critically ill patients. Provision of calories equal to energy expenditure is usually the goal, but under some circumstances hypocaloric feeding is acceptable or maybe even desirable [1]. Under no circumstances is overfeeding a critically ill person a good thing. The goal of this chapter is to describe the energy requirements of the critically ill patient, to examine the methods for determining energy requirements, and to discuss situations in which hypocaloric feeding might be appropriate and which therefore do not require an accurate reckoning of metabolic rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNutrition Support for the Critically Ill Patient
Subtitle of host publicationA Guide to Practice
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781420039191
ISBN (Print)9780849321535
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine

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