In a retrospective review of 26 medical patients with respiratory failure necessitating ventilatory support for at least six days, we found that the average daily vitamin, protein, and calorie intake was inadequate in almost all cases. Nutritional support for patients undergoing mechanical ventilation is often neglected and could be greatly improved.
(JAMA 244:2195-2196, 1980)
Driver AG, LeBrun M. Iatrogenic Malnutrition in Patients Receiving Ventilatory Support. JAMA. 1980;244(19):2195-2196. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310190047023