Acupuncture in critically ill patients improves delayed gastric emptying: a randomized controlled trial.

  title={Acupuncture in critically ill patients improves delayed gastric emptying: a randomized controlled trial.},
  author={Florian Pfab and Martina Winhard and Martina Nowak-Machen and Vitaly Napadow and Dominik Irnich and Michael Pawlik and Thomas Bein and Ernil Hansen},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  volume={112 1},
BACKGROUND Malnutrition remains a severe problem in the recovery of critically ill patients and leads to increased in-hospital morbidity and in-hospital stay. Even though early enteral nutrition has been shown to improve overall patient outcomes in the intensive care unit (ICU), tubefeed administration is often complicated by delayed gastric emptying and gastroesophageal reflux. Acupuncture has been successfully used in the treatment and prevention of perioperative nausea and vomiting. In this… CONTINUE READING
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