Unpeeling the Evidence for the Banana Bag: Evidence-Based Recommendations for the Management of Alcohol-Associated Vitamin and Electrolyte Deficiencies in the ICU

@article{Flannery2016UnpeelingTE,
  title={Unpeeling the Evidence for the Banana Bag: Evidence-Based Recommendations for the Management of Alcohol-Associated Vitamin and Electrolyte Deficiencies in the ICU},
  author={Alexander H. Flannery and David Adkins and Aaron M. Cook},
  journal={Critical Care Medicine},
  year={2016},
  volume={44},
  pages={1545–1552}
}
Objective:Patients with a chronic alcohol use disorder presenting to the ICU may be deficient in important vitamins and electrolytes and are often prescribed a “banana bag” as a reflexive standard of therapy. The difficulty of diagnosing Wernicke’s encephalopathy in the critical care setting is reviewed. Furthermore, whether the contents and doses of micronutrients and electrolytes in standard banana bags meet the needs of critically ill patients with an alcohol use disorder is assessed based… Expand
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