Adequate nutrition from admission to the ICU is of high importance to support survival and recovery of critically ill patients. To improve functional outcomes and keep optimal muscle mass, the combination of adequate nutrition and exercise is beneficial for physical recovery of ICU survivors. 1,2,3,4
To overcome hospital malnutrition in countries around the world, Fresenius Kabi established in 2014 the initiative ‘United for clinical nutrition’. The multinational initiative seeks to reduce the prevalence of hospital malnutrition through education, data collection, and clinical assessment in various geographical regions. In 2018 the commitment will be continued in Europe, with a special focus on critically ill patients and their functional status after discharge from the ICU.
One important milestone of the initiative is the EuroPN Survey. This study aims to obtain detailed insights into the current use of clinical nutrition in critically ill patients. It creates a scientific basis for subsequent targeted interventions, training and education, and clinical trials.
The EuroPN Survey will involve participants from eleven countries across Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
We invite you to join the EuroPN Survey project as an investigator – together we will explore how nutrition status, nutrition practice, protein and energy deficits will impact patients recovery and functional status at ICU discharge as well as three months later.
It would be a delight to welcome you in a collaborative network of medical experts pursuing the objective of improving the recovery of critically ill patients by providing them timely and adequate clinical nutritional support.
Thank you very much in advance for your support.
1. Wischmeyer PE, Puthucheary Z, San Millan I et al. Muscle mass and physical recovery in ICU: innovations for targeting of nutrition and exercise. Curr OpinCrit Care 2017; Aug;23(4):269-278.
2. Wischmeyer PE, San-Millan I. Winning the war against ICU-acquired weakness: new innovations in nutrition and exercise physiology. Critical Care. 2015;19 (Suppl 3):S6. doi:10.1186/cc14724.
3. Puthucheary Z, WischmeyerP. Predicting critical illness mortality and personalizing therapy: moving to multi-dimensional data. Critical Care 2017 21:20.
4. Heyland DK, Stapleton RD, Mourtzakis M et al. Combining nutrition and exercise to optimize survival and recovery from critical illness: Conceptual and methodological issues. Clin Nutr 2016;35(5):1196-206.