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Protein Requirements in Protein-catabolic Critical Illness


L. John Hoffer, MD, PhD, FRCPC

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Program Description:

Although generous protein provision has long been recommended for ICU patients, the majority of them are severely protein undernourished. Some critical care experts now advise limiting all macronutrient provision to these patients. This presentation dissects the opposing recommendations, and outlines a paradigm for identifying patients who are most likely to benefit from generous protein provision.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the current, contradictory recommendations regarding optimum protein provision in critical illness
  2. List factors to identify those patients who are most likely to benefit from optimal protein provision
  3. Describe a practical clinical paradigm for protein and energy provision.


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