Putting Evidence Into Practice: Preventing, Managing and Treating Enteral Feeding Intolerance in the Critical Care Setting

Program Date: 21 October 2021
Publication Date: 13 January 2022
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll review the prevalence of enteral feeding intolerance in the critical care setting; discuss evidence-based approaches in the prevention and management of enteral feeding intolerance; and identify nutrition interventions tailored to specific gastrointestinal intolerances to achieve enteral nutrition goals and improve patient outcomes. Originally presented as a live webinar on October 20, 2021.

Course Objectives:

• Recognize the prevalence of enteral feeding intolerance in the critical care setting and review its impact on patient outcomes and associated costs. 
• Discuss evidence-based approaches in the prevention and management of enteral feeding intolerance. 
• Identify nutrition interventions tailored to specific gastrointestinal intolerances to achieve enteral nutrition goals and improve patient outcomes.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.2, 8.2.2, 8.2.3
  • Run Time: 48

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Kelly Tappenden, PhD, RD

Professor and Department Head 
Department of Kinesiology & Nutrition 
University of Illinois at Chicago 
Chicago, IL, USA
Dr Kelly Tappenden is Professor and Head of the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr Tappenden’s research program focuses on intestinal failure, mechanisms of intestinal adaptation and patient malnutrition. For these contributions, she has received multiple awards, published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and delivered over 400 invited lectures. Dr Tappenden served as the 33rd President of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition in 2008-09, Chair of the Nutrition, Metabolism and Obesity section of the American Gastroenterology Association Institute from 2009-13 and represents the American Society for Nutrition on the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Currently, she is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
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Amie Heap, MPH, RD

Director, Health Policy, Education & Alliances 
Director, Abbott Nutrition Health Institute 
Columbus, OH, USA

Amie serves as the Director of Health Policy, Education and Alliances and as the Director of the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute. In this capacity she directs the creation of health and nutrition resources that assist healthcare professionals, and the populations they serve, on a global level. As part of this role, Amie establishes partnerships with domestic and international organizations working to address the challenge of preventing, identifying, and treating malnutrition. 

Prior to joining Abbott, Amie served as the Senior Nutrition Advisor in the Office of HIV/AIDS in the Bureau of Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this position Amie provided technical assistance to 30 countries in eastern and southern Africa, southeast Asia and the Caribbean implementing global HIV/nutrition/food security programs. She also served as the HIV/nutrition strategic information liaison to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. Amie received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Brigham Young University and a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University.

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