Association Between Enteral Feeding, Weight Status, and Mortality in a Medical Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Michael T. Vest, DO, Paul Kolm, PhD, James Bowen, BS, Jillian Trabulsi, PhD, Shannon L. Lennon, PhD, Mary Shapero, RD, MS, Patty McGraw, RN, MS, James Halbert, DPT, and Claudine Jurkovitz, MD, MPH

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Mar 01, 2023

Topics: Evidence-Based Practice, Gastrointestinal

Population: Geriatric, Adult

Role: APRN, Staff, Educator

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Enteral feeding is associated with reduced mortality at all levels of body mass index.


  • Describe the relationship between an order for enteral nutrition and mortality.
  • Evaluate the importance of enteral nutrition in all patients regardless of body mass index.
  • Identify additional questions related to feeding of critically ill patients that should be addressed in future studies.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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