Nutrition Support of the Traumatically Injured Warfighter

Mary S. McCarthy, Janet Fabling, Robert Martindale, Stephanie Ann Meyer

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Abstract

Major trauma induces metabolic alterations that contribute to the systemic immune suppression in severely injured patients and increase the risk of infection and posttraumatic organ failure. Nutrition modulation of cellular processes has evolved into a high-priority therapy, backed by substantial scientific evidence. The appropriate selection, timing, and dose of nutrients required for metabolic resuscitation must be individualized and goal directed. Ideally, the nutritional interventions for warfighters will be developed strategically based on the extent of injuries and underlying deficiencies and will be designed to provide the nutrients necessary to balance hypermetabolic processes, heal wounds, and promote optimal recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-65
Number of pages7
JournalCritical care nursing clinics of North America
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care

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