Navigating Nutrition: Providing Optimal Nutritional Support in the ICU
Learning ObjectivesAt the completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Understand the importance of enteral nutrition in the acutely ill and injured patient.
- Discuss nurse driven protocols and strategies for initiation of early enteral nutrition.
- Identify key strategies for care and maintenance of feeding tubes.
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The latest evidence-based guidelines recommend the initiation of nutritional support within 24 48 hours of admission into the ICU. It is imperative for the critical care nurse to play a pivotal role in ensuring that enteral nutrition is initiated in a timely manner. Through nurse-driven protocols, the nurse ensures that timely and appropriate nutritional support is delivered to affect patient outcomes positively. A thorough understanding of the benefits of enteral nutrition is essential for the acute care nurse. Recent evidence-based guidelines are reviewed for the initiation and management of enteral nutrition. The nurse must understand the basic principles of nutrition, the appropriate access for delivery of nutritional support, and the appropriate care and maintenance of feeding tubes.
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