Editor(s): M. Apsimon, C. Johnston, B. Winder, S. Cohen, B. Hopkins.
Protein deficits in critically ill patients have been associated
with longer ICU stays and increased mortality in patients at nutrition risk. Current clinical view suggests that if protein goals are met, meeting full energy targets may be less important. Use of an isocaloric, higher protein enteral nutrition (EN) formula may provide patients with adequate protein, without overfeeding energy in the first week of critical illness.