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Overview of nutritional support for moderate-to-severe burn patients

Amalia Cochran, MD
Section Editor
Marc G Jeschke, MD, PhD
Deputy Editor
Kathryn A Collins, MD, PhD, FACS


Nutritional support represents one of the most important cornerstones in the management of patients with a moderate-to-severe burn injury. Management of nutritional needs in burn patients has many features in common with the nutritional management of other critically ill surgical patients. However, the severity, magnitude, and duration of the hypermetabolic response and the ensuing energy requirements for the severe burn patient are far greater than other critically ill patients.

The unique characteristics of nutritional requirements in the moderate and severe burn patient, including patient selection, initiation, and delivery of nutritional support will be discussed here. Other aspects of nutritional support in burn patients are reviewed separately:

(See "Hypermetabolic response to severe burn injury".)

(See "Nutritional demands and enteral formulas for moderate-to-severe burn patients".)

(See "Evaluating nutritional support for moderate-to-severe burn patients".)

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