Desired outcomes and goals

Nutrition support therapy is aimed at meeting patient's nutritional requirements, improving energy and net protein balance, promoting growth or weight maintenance, and improving healing, particularly in malnourished patients. Goals of providing nutrition support therapy include:

• Weight maintenance (potential weight gain in malnourished patients and growing children) Preservation (or repletion) of lean body mass and visceral proteins

• Support of anabolism and nitrogen balance

• Correction or avoidance of fluid and electrolyte abnormalities

• Correction or avoidance of vitamin and trace element abnormalities

• Avoidance of further nutritional deficiencies

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