An international multicentre observational study exploring the relationship between nutritional support and clinical benefit showed that the energy and protein intake of critically ill patients was significantly lower than prescribed, despite nutritional support being part of the therapy1.
ICU-patients only received 56% of protein prescribed1.
ICU-patients only receive 59% of energy prescribed1.
This deficit may have been due to multiple factors, including interruptions for surgery or routine procedures, the precedence given to other critical-care procedures, or the lack of tracking of nutritional intake.
A systematic approach to nutritional support can improve patient outcomes. Each patient’s individual needs should be determined and a tailored nutritional therapy drawn up, including type of solution, delivery site and access devices, and administration rate and method8. Nutrition monitoring is also an integral part of this systematic approach, yet it can be complex and require tedious manual calculations and tracking, which are time-consuming and susceptible to human error9. However, solutions exist to facilitate this process.
The Compat Ella enteral feeding pump makes it easier to monitor prescribed nutrition. She can be connected to a hospital Patient Data Management System (PDMS) to allow real-time tracking of nutrition and so improve patient outcomes.
The Compat Ella enteral feeding pump is PDMS-friendly and helps improve nutritional status in ICU patients. She is also intuitive, easy to use and comes with a myriad of services to facilitate pump management.
For more information, see the article Optimizing nutrition with an integrated nutrition module, Myth or Reality? of Prof. Dr. Ronny Beer on healthmanagement.org