Recovery from Critical Illness

Lydia’s story

“When COVID-19 broke out, I felt that it was my duty as a Healthcare Assistant in a nursing home to care for others. But it wasn’t long before I became infected myself. When I awoke from a nine day coma, my muscles were weak and wasted. Pretty quickly, the doctor prescribed me medical nutrition, that’s rich in proteins, which is a very important component when you’re bed ridden.”

My son told me “Mum, at a certain point I thought, what will happen to me if you die?” That’s something you never want to hear as a mother.
Lydia, UK

The role of nutrition in recovery from critical illness

Intensive care units (ICU) today are treating older patients with more complications than ever before. However, their chances of survival and recovery have significantly improved in the past decade due to advances in medical science and technology. These advancements in healthcare enable patients to return home more quickly, spending less time in the ICU and the hospital, while at the same time reducing hospital costs1-3.

Advancements in ICU enable patients to return home more quickly, spending less time in the ICU and the hospital, while at the same time reducing hospital costs[1-3].

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Role medical nutrition in critical care

There has been a great deal of scientific progress in the field of medical nutrition, and now there is a better understanding of optimal feeding in the critical care setting4-9. Both clinical nutrition guidelines and ICU experts have recognized the need for a new, individualized approach to nutritional care10-14.


Enteral tube feeding

Enteral (or ‘tube’) feeding pumps, sets and tubes are used to deliver nutrition directly into a patient's stomach. To help patients and their families follow the tube feeding advice given by their healthcare professional, a trustworthy enteral feeding pump is essential, both in the hospital and back at home.

Our Critical Care nutrition products

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Critical Care recovery healthcare professional pages

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  1. Anderson AD et al. 2003;
  2. Gustafsson UO et al. 2012;
  3. Yeh et al. 2015;
  4. Allingstrup MJ, et al. Clinical Nutrition. 2012;31:462-8
  5. Doig GS et al. 2009
  6. Casaer MP et al. 2011
  7. Van Zanten AR et al. 2014
  8. Weijs et al. 2014
  9. Allingstrup M J et al. 2012
  10.  Elke G et al. 2014
  11.  McClave S et al. 2009
  12.  Dhaliwal R et al. 2014
  13.  Martindale RG 2015
  14.  Evans DC et al. 2015

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