Critical Care Nutrition Support Best Practices: Key Differences Between Canadian and American Guidelines

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Abstract

Since 2015, Society of Critical Care Medicine/American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and Canadian critical care nutrition support guidelines have both been updated. Despite a similar evidentiary basis, there remain key differences between guideline recommendations. These differences in recommendations may pose confusion for the clinician and may encumber widespread applicability. The aim of this review was to enhance practitioner confidence in applying critical care nutrition support guidelines to patient care in their settings by outlining the similarities and differences between the American and Canadian methods for guideline development and describing the key differences and reasons behind the differences.

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