Early versus delayed feeding with an immune-enhancing diet in patients with severe head injuries.

@article{Minard2000EarlyVD,
  title={Early versus delayed feeding with an immune-enhancing diet in patients with severe head injuries.},
  author={Gayle Minard and Kenneth A. Kudsk and Steven Melton and Joe H. Patton and Elizabeth A. Tolley},
  journal={JPEN. Journal of parenteral and enteral nutrition},
  year={2000},
  volume={24 3},
  pages={
          145-9
        }
}
BACKGROUND Although early enteral feeding clearly reduces septic morbidity after blunt and penetrating trauma, data for head-injured patients are conflicting. This study examines the effects of early vs delayed enteral feedings on outcome in patients with severe closed-head injuries with a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score greater than 3 and less than 11. METHODS Thirty patients were prospectively randomized to receive an immune-enhancing diet (Impact with fiber) early (initiated < 72 hours… CONTINUE READING
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