High Protein Treatment Falls Short in Speeding Discharge for Malnourished Critically Ill Patients

12 Feb 2024 • An international trial involving 16 countries was designed to investigate the effects of high vs. usual protein treatment in 1301 critically ill patients. This global trial noted that pre-existing malnutrition in critically ill patients significantly prolonged the time to discharge alive (TTDA).

Despite international guidelines recommending high protein treatment, the study found that an average protein delivery of 1.6 vs. 0.9 g/kg/day failed to alter TTDA for patients with or without pre-existing malnutrition, urging a reconsideration of critical care nutrition strategies.

Source: CHEST | Read full story

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