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Implications for practice and research
Abdominal massage may decrease gastric residual volumes (GRVs) and abdominal circumference over time in a select medicine critical care unit population.
Research and standardisation for the practice of abdominal massage may provide clinicians additional tools for improving overall gastrointestinal (GI) function and feeding in the critically ill.
Bowel dysfunction is common in the critically ill, affecting up to 50% of patients.1 Although early enteral feeding is a primary recommendation for mechanically ventilated critically ill patients it may also be considered a risk factor for aspiration …
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