November 14, 1980

Iatrogenic Malnutrition in Patients Receiving Ventilatory Support

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Omaha.

JAMA. 1980;244(19):2195-2196. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310190047023

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)