Position statement for critical care nutrition in Hong Kong

Abstract

Nutrition therapy is an important yet controversial issue in critical care field. There are numerous international guidelines or publications showing different views; therefore it is difficult to practice critical care nutrition in clinical setting. We believed that by providing appropriate and individualized nutrition therapy, patient’s outcome can be improved.

A local position statement was written by the opinion of critical care physicians, intensivists, and dietitians in Hong Kong after reviewing available evidence; with the aim to provide recommendations in nutrition therapy in local critical care setting and to stress the importance of appropriate nutrition therapy. The position statement includes recommendations on the general aspects, enteral nutrition, parenteral nutrition, and nutrition for specific diseases. A flow chart (Figure 1) is constructed to provide a pathway for implementing nutritional therapy in clinical practice. The position statement was endorsed by the Hong Kong Society of Critical Care Medicine (HKSCCM) and the Hong Kong Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (HKSPEN).

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