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Malnutrition is common in the intensive care unit (ICU) and is related to higher incidence of morbidity and mortality among seriously ill patients. Achieving a quality nutritional care plan is a challenge to critical care practitioners and dietitians worldwide. The multifaceted and advanced therapies in the ICU historically take priority over nutritional assessments and interventions and may cause delay in achieving quality nutritional care. The initiation of nutrition in mechanically ventilated adult trauma patients is inconsistent in some hospitals. The implementation plan in this early nutrition project involved an algorithm, physicians order set, and nurse advocacy plan. Early nutritional support will likely be associated with improved clinical outcomes.
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