Intensive medicine – Guidelines on Parenteral Nutrition, Chapter 14

G. Kreymann, M. Adolph, W. Druml, K. W. Jauch & Working Group For Developing The Guidelines For Parenteral Nutrition Of The German Association For Nutritional Medicine
In intensive care patients parenteral nutrition (PN) should not be carried out when adequate oral or enteral nutrition is possible. Critically ill patients without symptoms of malnutrition, who probably cannot be adequately nourished enterally for a period of <5 days, do not require full PN but should be given at least a basal supply of glucose. Critically ill patients should be nourished parenterally from the beginning of intensive care if they are unlikely to be...