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Nestlé Targets Nutritional Needs Of Obese ICU Patients With Tube-Feeding Formula

February 3, 2011: 12:39 PM EST

Noting that the consensus of nutrition experts is that the unique nutritional needs of critically-ill obese people remain unmet, Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition has introduced a tube feeding formula designed specifically for that patient population. Tube feeding formulas often do not contain enough protein or micronutrients recommended for obese patients in intensive care units (ICUs). According to Nestlé, the result is that some patients are overfed, others are underfed and become malnourished, and others don’t have their nutritional needs assessed at all. Peptamen Bariatric tube feeding formula includes 37 percent of calories from 100 percent whey protein, enzymatically hydrolyzed to produce peptides. The lipid blend contains 50 percent medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) to improve formula tolerance.

"Nestlé introduces Peptamen Bariatric Formula for the critically-ill obese patient", News release, Nestlé, February 03, 2011, © Nestle
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