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Pediatric Nutrition Support Guidelines

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) recently released guidelines addressing nutrition support therapy in the critically ill pediatric patient.

Titled “Guidelines for the Provision and Assessment of Nutrition Support Therapy in the Pediatric Critically Ill Patient: Society of Critical Care Medicine and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition,” the material was published in the July 2017 issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

“The guidelines offer basic recommendations that are supported by review and analysis of the current literature and a blend of expert opinion and clinical practicality,” notes lead author Nilesh M. Mehta, MD. These guidelines are intended for use by all healthcare providers involved in nutrition therapy of the critically ill child, primarily physicians, nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists.

Guideline findings include:

  • There is a significant gap in proper nutritional interventions, particularly among malnourished pediatric patients
  • Early intervention makes a difference
  • The timing and method of nutrient delivery is important
  • A skilled nutrition support team is a key differentiator
  • Ongoing monitoring is critical to avoid unintended caloric under- or overfeeding
  • Determining how much nutrition is needed is an important factor

Members and nonmembers alike can access these and other SCCM guidelines for free by visiting www.sccm.org/guidelines or by downloading the Guidelines App.

Nutrition Research Workshop

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) newly released Self-Directed Nutrition Research Workshop: From Bench to Bedside provides a flexible learning experience with access to more than 5 hours of cutting-edge content including implementation of new guidelines, pilot study results, and implications of nutrition and mobility, circadian rhythms, and lipid mediators.

This complimentary course also features:

  • Discussion of the top four novel and cutting-edge investigations in the field of critical care medicine and nutrition that are expected to have clinical impact at the bedside in the intensive care unit (ICU)
  • Review of the scientific rationale for the recent changes in the interdisciplinary national guidelines for nutrition support in critically ill adults and children
  • Description of the bedside applications of the SCCM/American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition critical care nutrition guidelines 2015-2016 for adults and children

This course is supported by an educational grant from Abbott Nutrition.

The self-directed course format allows learners to:

  • Work through the content at their own pace from the comfort and convenience of their home or office
  • Review all lectures through interactive learning modules
  • Explore questions, answers, and rationales
  • Review current guidelines and references
  • Assess their knowledge through the use of pre- and posttests

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and dieticians are eligible to receive 6 hours of continuing education credit. This opportunity is available through May 2018.

Access this free course today.

Parenteral Nutrition Safety Recommendations Published

To address the parenteral nutrition safety gaps and improve patient protections, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) has published a comprehensive set of recommendations in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition for improving the safety of parenteral nutrition. This article is open access.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) has recently collaborated with A.S.P.E.N. on a nutrition guideline titled Recommendations for Changes in Commercially Available Parenteral Multivitamin and Multi – Trace Element Products.

Sessions on Delirium, Nutrition and More Added to LearnICU.org

Several videos featuring the industry-supported sessions from the Society’s Critical Care Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are now available free of charge at LearnICU.org. Access these presentations and earn continuing education credit: