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Better outcomes for critically ill kids when IV feeding delayed

from MedPage Today

Critically ill children who received tube feeding for a week prior to starting intravenous nutrition had fewer infections and shorter hospital stays than children who began IV feeding shortly after admission, a small randomized trial found. Children for whom parenteral nutrition was withheld until their eighth day in the ICU were associated with a rate of new infection 7.8 percentage points lower than children who received early parenteral nutrition. more


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