Upping calories has no effect on ICU outcomes

Calorie-dense feedings fail to benefit critically ill patients on ventilators

Increasing the calories in enteral nutrition by 50% in mechanically ventilated ICU patients offers no survival benefit at 90 days, according to new research.

Studies have shown that ICU patients typically get less than 60% of the recommended energy intake, for reasons such as fasting for procedures, regurgitation and vomiting.