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Minerva Anestesiologica 2011 November;77(11):1115-20

Copyright © 2011 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Behind the ESPEN Guidelines on parenteral nutrition in the ICU

Singer P., Shapiro H., Bendavid I.

Department of General Intensive Care and Institute for Nutrition Research, Rabin Medical Center, Beilinson Campus, Petah Tikva, Israel


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Enteral nutrition (EN) is a well established approach to nutritional support in the ICU. Parenteral nutrition (PN) represents an additional safe approach, substituting or complementing EN when its delivery fails completely or partially. This article attempts to summarize the ESPEN guidelines of PN in the ICU based on the available literature, which is often limited due to quality and methodology heterogeneity; the recommendations are therefore largely expressed as expert opinions.

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