Enteral feeding and caloric intake in neonates after cardiac surgery.

  title={Enteral feeding and caloric intake in neonates after cardiac surgery.},
  author={Courtney R Schwalbe-Terilli and Diane H Hartman and Monica L Nagle and Paul R. Gallagher and Richard Ittenbach and Nancy B Burnham and J. William Gaynor and Chitra Ravishankar},
  journal={American journal of critical care : an official publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses},
  volume={18 1},
BACKGROUND Adequate enteral nutrition may be difficult to achieve early in neonates after cardiac surgery, but it is essential for growth, wound healing, and immune function. OBJECTIVE To assess caloric intake in neonates receiving enteral nutrition after surgery. METHODS A retrospective chart review was conducted of daily enteral caloric intake in the cardiac intensive care unit of a tertiary children's hospital. Data on the institution of enteral feeding and the discontinuation of… CONTINUE READING