Innovative Approaches to Preventing and Treating Gastrointestinal Intolerance in the Intensive Care Unit

Program Date: 1 May 2019
Publication Date: 24 July 2019
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0; Physician CME: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, Kelly Tappenden, PhD, RDN will review the prevalence and clinical indicators of gastrointestinal (GI) intolerance in critical care patients; discuss the impact of GI intolerance on clinical outcomes; and summarize evidence-based approaches to preventing and treating GI intolerance.

Course Objectives:

• Describe the prevalence and clinical indicators of GI intolerance in critical care patients. 
• Discuss the impact of GI intolerance and subsequent feeding disruption on clinical outcomes. 
• Review evidence-based approaches for preventing and treating GI intolerance in a critical care setting.
  • Run Time: 49

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Kelly Tappenden, PhD, RDN

Professor and Department Head 
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition 
University of Illinois at Chicago 
Chicago, IL, USA
Dr Kelly Tappenden is a 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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