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Protein Requirements in Critically Ill Older Adults

by Rachel R. Deer 1,2 and Elena Volpi 2,3,*
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Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555, USA
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Sealy Center on Aging, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555, USA
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Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555, USA
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Nutrients 2018, 10(3), 378; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10030378
Received: 9 February 2018 / Revised: 11 March 2018 / Accepted: 13 March 2018 / Published: 20 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nutritional Approach to Critically Ill Patients)
Critically ill elderly patients’ nutritional needs are not well understood and vary with the phase of illness and recovery. Patients’ nutritional needs should be assessed early in hospitalization and re-assessed throughout the stay with additional attention during the transitions from critical illness, to severe illness, to post-hospital rehabilitation. In this review, we summarize recent findings and highlight recommendations for protein supplementation in critically ill geriatric patients throughout the stages of recovery. Future research specifically focusing on protein dose, its relationship with caloric needs, and delivery modality must be conducted to provide more specific guidelines for clinical practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: older adult; nutrition; hospitalization; protein older adult; nutrition; hospitalization; protein
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Deer, R.R.; Volpi, E. Protein Requirements in Critically Ill Older Adults. Nutrients 2018, 10, 378.

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