2 Free CEUs for Dieticians- Nutrition for the Mechanically Ventilated Patient

Indirect Calorimetry in the Ventilated Patient– Nutritional requirements are difficult to predict in mechanically ventilated patients, due to their disease processes, inflammatory response, and other variables. However, the development of proper nutrition support
and its careful monitoring are vital to optimal patient outcomes. This monitoring
requires the expertise of both respiratory therapy and nutritional support teams,
and is best accomplished by using indirect calorimetry. Indirect calorimetry (IC)
measures oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production as a way of assessing
energy expenditure and thus determining nutritional needs. The use of IC is
preferred over estimations (predictive equations) whenever measuring patients is
feasible. An understanding of the variables and potential confounders involved in
IC is critical in assessing and interpreting its results. The three articles that follow
examine IC from both respiratory therapy and nutrition support perspectives, offering
the clinicians a comprehensive, interdisciplinary view of how the collective
expertise of these groups and the ICU teams can use IC to the patient’s greatest
advantage. Practice scenarios and a discussion of various IC technologies are also

2.0 Free CEUs for Registered Dieticians

This course also offers Free CEUs for Respiratory Therapists

Expires 11/30/13

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