The resource center is a web-based toolkit intended to be used by critical care practitioners (e.g. dietitians, physicians, nurses, pharmacists) engaged in providing nutrition therapy to critically ill patients for quality improvement (QI) purposes. The resource centre can be used to support the implementation of critical care nutrition guidelines or for self-development (i.e. to learn more about different aspect of nutrition therapy).
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Creator: Jean-Charles Preiser
Date: Spring 2011
Synopsis: The purpose of the "NutriChu" software is to improve the nutritional therapy by adapting the prescription to the actual status of critically ill patients staying in intensive care units. "NutriChu" enables the calculation of the actual caloric and protein intakes, and the comparison with recommended targets (goals). The results are calculated automatically and displayed graphically. This software is the result of a close multi-disciplinary collaboration of different departments at the University Hospital of Liege (Belgium), and involved physicians; nurses, dieticians, pharmacists cooperating with Nutritional Team of the hospital.
Creator: Developed by: Dr Michael Meier, Adapted by: Dr John Drover
Date: Summer 2010
Synopsis: This guideline is meant to assist with the management of enteral feeding in critically ill patients that are going the operating room for a procedure. It outlines when to stop feeds prior to transfer to the operating room, and when/how to restart feeds upon the patient's return to the ICU.
Synopsis: This glycemic control protocol outlines frequency of monitoring blood glucose under various conditions, dosing and infusion rates for initiation of insulin therapy (when blood glucose is >9mmol/L) and dosing and infusion rates for continuation of insulin therapy.
Synopsis: These stickers are intended to be printed and placed on the patients feeding bag as a reminder to bed-side staff to elevate the head of the bed. The Head of Bed word or pdf files can be printed directly onto Avery 3-1/3"" x 4"" labels (compatible product codes are 5164, 5264, 5524, 8164, 8254, 8464, 48464, 55164, 58164, 48264).
Creator: Jan Greenwood
Synopsis: This bedside quality improvement tool is used to track nutrition prescribed, calories and protein received, as well as interruptions to delivery of enteral nutrition. Use one form per patient, with rows in the form representing days in ICU.
Creator: Jan Greenwood
Date: Summer 2010
Synopsis: This Bedside Tool is a visual step-by-step guide to post-pyloric feeding in the critically ill. Includes information on initiation and advancement of post-pyloric feeds, and when post-pyloric feeding is and is not appropriate.
Synopsis: This document is targeted at patients' family members, and contains information about why nutrition therapy might be required, and types of nutrition therapy that may be provided. It suggests things family members can do to help with feeding their loved one, such as questions they should be prepared to answer (such as patient's height and usual weight, nutritional status) as well as some questions they should ask about their family member's nutrition in the ICU.
Synopsis: The course is an intensive, evidence-based, self-learning program that provides health care practitioners the latest information on implementing nutrition care in the ICU. The program covers background information, nutrition research and practical information and is geared towards ICU nurses and dietitians. The course can be purchased here and is available to members and non-members of Dietitians of Canada.
Synopsis: The screensaver consists of a slideshow highlighting some of the key clinical practice guidelines e.g. early EN, use of feeding protocols, head of bed elevation. This messages are intended to be uploaded on to computers to act as remiders to bed-side staff.
Synopsis: The Interactive Workshop Assessment Handout is a form that will enable you to collect feedback from your workshop, including what people learned and if/how they intend to change practices. Related tool: The Interactive Workshop Guide will help you plan and execute a workshop.
Synopsis: This is a step-by-step guide to conducting your own interactive workshop in your ICU, where the goal is to problem solve and identify strategies for improvement of nutrition practices. Related tool: The Interactive Workshop Assessment Handout will allow you to collect feedback from your workshop.