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A Journal on Anesthesiology, Resuscitation, Analgesia and Intensive Care

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Anesthesiology, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care
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Frequency: Monthly

ISSN 0375-9393

Online ISSN 1827-1596


Minerva Anestesiologica 2008 December;74(12):709-13


Metabolic support of the critically ill: 2008 update

Iapichino G. 1, Radrizzani D. 2, Destrebecq A. 3, Vincenzi M. 4, Zanello M. 4

1 Institute of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, University of Milan, Milan, Italy;
2 Unit of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Civil Hospital, Legnano, Milan, Italy;
3 Department of Public Health, Microbiology-Virology, University of Milan, Milan, Italy;
4 Unit of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Bellaria Hospital, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Nutrition support in critically ill patients is not merely simple nutrition, but rather metabolic support. In the last few years, the pharmacological properties of nutrients have been specifically addressed in a new field called pharmaconutrition. This review will offer a deeper insight into this field, focusing on the properties of arginine, glutamine, antioxidants, and w-3 fatty acids as well as the level of blood glycemia which should be maintained in critically ill patients.

language: English


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