Protein requirements in critically ill older adults

Rachel Deer, Elena Volpi

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Critically ill elderly patients’ nutritional needs are not well understood and vary with the phase of illness and recovery. Patients’ nutritional needs should be assessed early in hospitalization and re-assessed throughout the stay with additional attention during the transitions from critical illness, to severe illness, to post-hospital rehabilitation. In this review, we summarize recent findings and highlight recommendations for protein supplementation in critically ill geriatric patients throughout the stages of recovery. Future research specifically focusing on protein dose, its relationship with caloric needs, and delivery modality must be conducted to provide more specific guidelines for clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number378
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 20 2018


  • Hospitalization
  • Nutrition
  • Older adult
  • Protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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