Monday, April 13, 2009

Refeeding syndrome

Many hospitalized patients are at risk for this. Although under recognized as a clinical entity it is often averted unwittingly by daily chemistry profiles which are commonplace in very ill patients. Dieticians and clinical pharmacists snooping in patients’ charts also may help prevent some cases.

Once the exclusive province of the surgeons, nutritional support is increasingly falling into the lap of the hospitalist who may not be well trained in the complications.

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