Health professionals in Gwinnett Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are working to improve the quality of care received by their critically ill patients by participating in an international survey of nutrition therapies in ICUs.
The frequency of malnutrition is high among ICU patients and has a negative impact on clinical outcomes. Providing the right nutrition improves would healing, boosts the immune system, and helps the gut work more effectively, which together favourably influences the chance of surviving critical illness.
In 2007 Dr. Daren Heyland, began building on research which began in 2003 with an an international survey to define what types of nutritional delivery were used and to highlight strengths and weaknesses of these methods, identifying opportunities for improvement. The survey was conducted in both 2007 and 2008. Gwinnett Medical Center was selected along with 149 other intensive care units in hospitals from around the world to participate in the 2009 research phase.
Beginning in mid-September, registered dieticians, intensivists, neurosurgeons and trauma surgeons at Gwinnett Medical Center will start to collect data on the clinical condition, nutritional status, nutrition received, and outcomes of 20 critically ill patients. Data will be entered online over a period of 3 months using a web-based data collection tool.
At the end of the study, Gwinnett Medical Center’s ICU will receive a benchmarked performance report, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses in comparison to other ICUs throughout the World, and to the Canadian guidelines. This report will be of significant value, illuminating opportunities for improvement, informing future educational initiatives, and hopefully translating into improved clinical outcomes for our critically ill patients.
Further Information: www.criticalcarenutrition.com