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Gastrointestinal function in critical illness

07 Aug, 2020

Gastrointestinal dysfunction ICU patients lies on a continuum which changes with time

The presentation will cover:

A history of the scientific knowledge of the gut

Gastrointestinal dysfunction in critical illness

  • incidence
  • spectrum of disease
  • difficulty of diagnosis

Role of the gut in multiorgan failure

Enteral feeding indications and contraindications

How gastrointestinal function is impacted by

  • IV fluids
  • enteral nutrition
  • vasopressors/inotropes

The development of a gut dysfunction scoring tool (Varsha’s research)

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About the Presenter

Varsha Asrani is a Senior ICU dietitian at Auckland City Hospital and a PhD candidate with the Department of Surgery, at the University of Auckland. She is the lead for the Clinical Practice Committee for Australasian Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition and Convener of the ICU-NUTRITION special Interest group in NZ. Varsha’s PhD research involves developing and validating a gastrointestinal dysfunction scoring tool in critically ill patients.

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