A randomized controlled study in 185 patients in Russia explored the impact of medical nutrition on recovery outcomes in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The trial investigated the effect of supporting nutritional status with Nutridrink (also known as Fortimel) oral nutritional supplement (ONS) in addition to regular diet.
The study results revealed that compared to patients receiving only standard hospital diet, the patients receiving medical nutrition as part of their care program:
- Showed a significant improvement in muscle function (hand grip strength) at discharge compared to the measurement at inclusion in the study
- Had significantly higher physical health scores measured within quality-of-life assessment
- Had a shorter period of respiratory support during hospitalization (by 1.4 days) and a shorter hospital stay (by 3.3 days)
Full study results are available in video below.