Dietary intake post-ICU discharge in respiratory failure patients
Malnutrition is a common complication among patients admitted with respiratory failure. While studies have reported the impact of aggressive feeding while in the ICU, little is known of their nutritional intake following ICU discharge and advancement to regular food. The proposed study will examine if oral intake on the general care floors is affected by the 24 or more hours of mechanical ventilation patients receive while in the surgical or medical intensive care unit. The patient’s energy and protein intake will be determined. The aims of the study are to understand the reasons (barriers) that prevent patients from getting sufficient amounts of energy and protein and the influence of nutritional status on what the patient eats and/or drinks.
Patients may be eligible to participate in this study if they:
- Have been admitted to the medical or surgical ICU and require more than 24 hours of mechanical ventilation
- Have been discharged to a general care floor and have been advanced to oral dietary intake
Patients not eligible for this study include patients who:
- Are not able to communicate with study personnel as discussion of intake and barriers to optimal intake are needed
- Have renal failure and require dialysis along with having unique dietary restrictions/medical conditions that influence oral intake
This is a partial list of eligibility requirements. To inquire about eligibility, please call the contact number provided. If you wish to inquire via email, please include the title of the study in your message.