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Evid Based Nurs 10:82 doi:10.1136/ebn.10.3.82
  • Treatment

Review: timing or administration route of nutritional support does not affect death or disability in head injury


 
 Q In patients with head injury, does timing or route of nutritional support affect morbidity and mortality?

METHODS

GraphicData sources:

Cochrane Injuries Group specialised register, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Medline, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Web of Science, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, National Research Register, ZETOC, and reference lists of identified studies and reviews.

GraphicStudy selection and assessment:

randomised controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating timing (early v delayed) or administration routes (parenteral v enteral or gastric v jejunal enteral) of nutritional support in patients with acute traumatic brain injury of any severity. 11 RCTs (n = 534) met the inclusion criteria. 7 RCTs evaluated timing, and 7 RCTs evaluated administration route. Quality …

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