Early enteral nutrition — principles and practice

Ava Firth
Friday, September 27, 2013

This article has three major objectives: to review briefly the physiology and metabolism of the small intestinal mucosa; to summarise the evidence and recommendations regarding early enteral nutrition; and to discuss how to implement early enteral nutrition in small animal veterinary practice.The gastrointestinal tract has a high metabolic rate and is composed mostly of cells that have a short life. Early enteral nutrition (EEN) contributes to improved gastrointestinal (GI) function, decreased GI permeability and improved patient outcomes. EEN can be delivered starting on day 1 for even critically ill patients. A transition from simple to more complex foods over time results in fewer complications.

Early enteral nutrition — principles and practice
Early enteral nutrition — principles and practice

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