The purpose of this article was to develop standardized nutritional guidelines that would promote increased growth velocity (GV) in premature infants.Design
Evidence-based standardized nutritional guidelines were developed. Guidelines included total parenteral nutrition advancement; enteral feeding advancement; and a bedside nurse gastric residual management algorithm. Staff education was given. Guideline compliance was measured. Nutritional intake and daily weights were recorded.Sample
Infants of birth weight <1,500 grams who were admitted to the NICU before day of life four.Main Outcome Variable
Increase in GV from 12 to 15 g/kg/d.Results
Growth velocity was unchanged. Compliance to the nutritional guidelines was 70 percent. No difference was seen in length of stay. Rate of necrotizing enterocolitis was decreased.