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This module will provide concepts relating to the maintenance of the nutritional status of critically ill patients.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify the basic principles of nutritional status
  • Identify GI disorders that affect nutritional status
  • Identify the six general classes of essential nutrients
  • Discuss the primary concerns with critical care patients as they relate to nutrition
  • Explain the procedure and nursing considerations for enteral feeding
  • Discuss the complications of enteral feeding
  • Explain the procedure and nursing considerations for Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
  • Discuss the complications of TPN
  • Identify interventions used to maintain patient comfort
  • Identify interventions used to prevent infection


Hazinski, Mary Fran. (1999). Manual of Pediatric Critical Care. Boston: Mosby.

Powers, J., Chance, R., Bortenschlager, L., Hottenstein, J., Bobel, K., Gervasio, J.,et al. (2003). Bedside placement of small-bowel feeding tubes: In the intensive care unit. Critical Care Nurse, 23 (1), 16-24.

Urden, L.D., Stacy, K.M., & Lough, M.E. (2006). Thelans’ Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis and Management. (5th ed). Boston: Mosby.

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