Nutritional support for critically ill children

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The one trial included in this review was of low methodological quality and found no statistically significant difference for mortality, sepsis, ventilator days, length of stay, unexpected adverse events, resting energy expenditure, nitrogen balance, or albumin levels.

Nutritional support in the critically ill child has not been well investigated and is a controversial topic within paediatric intensive care. There are no clear guidelines as to the best form or timing of nutrition in critically ill infants and children. This review evaluates the impact of enteral and total parenteral nutrition on clinically important outcomes for critically ill children.

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