Intravenous Nutrition Within 24 Hours Doesn’t Improve Survival
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Gordon S. Doig, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Sydney, Australia, have discovered that the early provision of intravenous nutrition among critically ill patients with contraindications to early use of enteral nutrition (like through a feeding tube) did not result in significant differences in day-60 mortality or shorter ICU stay, compared with standard treatment.
A total of 1,372 patients were randomized, half had the standard care and the other half had early parenteral nutrition (intravenous administration of nutritional support). Researchers found that day-60 mortality did not differ significantly between groups (22.8 percent for standard care and 21.5 percent for early PN). Also, there were no significant differences between groups in rates of new infection.
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SOURCE: JAMA, May 2013
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