An extended stay in ICU, like those required by some coronavirus patients, brings with it complications that can affect a patient’s health and ability to recover for weeks, even months after hospital discharge. Read more on the impact of a lengthened stay in the Intensive Care Unit as well as what can be done to help ensure a stronger recovery.

Overcoming the physical impact of a long stay in intensive care

For many COVID-19 patients, the muscle loss experienced during their stay in ICU means that discharge from hospital is just the start of their recovery. Find out more about how the effects of a long stay in ICU can negatively impact both patients and healthcare resources.

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Out of ICU and into recovery is only the beginning


Rebuilding the strength lost during a prolonged ICU stay is an important goal for both patients and those who care for them. Tailored nutritional support, from hospital to home, along with physical exercise, could be key to giving patients the best chance possible to return to normal physical function.

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Nutricia supports independent research to improve the recovery of COVID-19 patients

Today, nutritional management of COVID-19 patients is based on existing knowledge regarding malnutrition, however, real-world evidence remains unavailable to date. Nutricia is providing funding of €1 million to support clinician-led research initiatives in 16 countries, aiming to improve nutritional care for patients leaving hospital after severe COVID-19 infection.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Nutricia shares the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations on how to protect your baby, but also yourself, especially if you are a carer and in contact with older people or patients.


Free COVID-19 webinar series and FAQ

Watch our free COVID-19 related webinar series and find answers to FAQs on product accessibility & supply, safety & instructions on product use and health through nutrition & lifestyle. This section is for healthcare professionals only.

Information on this page is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.