Surviving Critical Injury and Illness: Role of Specialized Nutrition

Program Date: August 2012
Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.0 Dietitian CPEUs

Course Description:

Those who may have participated in DVD version of this program cannot receive additional credit for participating in this self-study course. 

In the first section the program covers the hypermetabolic response to critical illness and how to apply these principles of the stress response to plan both parenteral and enteral nutrition.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the hypermetabolic response to critical illness.
  • Describe how hypermetabolic response effects substrate utilization.
  • Describe how to utilize the stress response to plan nutrition therapy (both EN and PN).
Section two features scientific evidence of enteral nutrition and functional nutrients as well as their role on modulating the immune response and improving clinical outcomes in the critically ill and surgical patients.
  • Identify the immune response to injury and illness.
  • Describe the effects of immune modulating nutrients on immune response and outcomes. /li>
  • Review the guidelines of the use of immune-modulating enteral formulations in critically ill and surgical patients.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 5000, 5010, 5090, 5170, 5440
  • Media Format(s): Video(English)
  • Run Time: 67 Minutes

Course Instructor Bio(s)

Paul Wischmeyer, MD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Colorado
Director of Nutrition Support for the University of Colorado
Health Science Center
Denver, CO

Dr. Wischmeyer's clinical focus is on intensive care medicine and critical care nutrition. Currently he has been awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to study the potential beneficial effects of glutamine in patients going undergoing cardiac surgery. He also is the U.S. primary investigator in an international trial of glutamine and anti-oxidants in 1200 critically ill patients.

Refatt Hegazi, MD, PhD, MS, MPH, ABPNS

Medical Director of Adult Nutrition
Abbott Nutrition
Columbus, OH

Prior to joining Abbott Nutrition in 2008, Dr. Hegazi was Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. His research was funded by both the Cancer Research Foundation of America and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. He has authored over 20 publications and three book chapters. He is specially interested in the interaction between nutrition and immune responses.


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