Selection of Patients and Timing of Nutritional Support

The process of nutritional support should be an integrated continuum from normal diet to EN based on a plan. This plan should be developed at the moment of each patient's entry and implemented with modifications until discharge. It is undesirable to have to make an urgent decision on a weekend after realizing that the patient has been starving for the previous 2 weeks. I favor an approach in which the nutritionist examines the needs of each patient at entry and follows the algorithm given in Figure 1.

Food Allergies

Food Allergies

Peanuts can leave you breathless. Cat dander can lead to itchy eyes, a stuffy nose, coughing and sneezing. And most of us have suffered through those seasonal allergies with horrible pollen counts. Learn more...

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