Critical illness refers to a wide spectrum of life-threatening medical or surgical conditions usually requiring intensive care, including special nutrition support like amino acids and calories and, if indicated, immune-modulatory agents. Critical illness may be prolonged if nutritional requirements are not met. Additionally, patients suffering from critical illness typically suffer from impaired immunological functions, possibly impacting on outcome. Consequently, patients should receive special nutrition support when indicated.
Specific nutrients like glutamine and omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are important nutritional substrates for improving immunological functions in critical illness.
Fresenius Kabi offers parenteral and enteral products particularly suited to nutritional support in critical illness.