Helpful Information for the Nutritional Management of Patients with COVID-19

Information for healthcare professionals

This section contains information for health professionals on nutrition management of critically ill patients.   COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus and evidence on the specific nutrition requirements in critically ill patients with COVID-19 is emerging and could change.  The information provided here is general in nature and is not intended to be a substitute for assessment of a specific patient’s requirements.  All clinical decisions need to be made by the healthcare professional, taking the medical information of the patient into consideration.

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Enteral nutrition support for patients on mechanical ventilation

Practical tips and guidance from the literature

For some patients with COVID-19, severe acute respiratory illness including pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), will lead to the need for mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit (ICU), placing them at high nutrition risk.1

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  • Australasian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (AuSPEN)

    Nutritional management of COVID-19 patients

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  • The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)

    Resources for clinicians caring for patients with COVID-19

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  • The European Society of Parental and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN)

    ESPEN expert statements and practical guidance for nutritional management of individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection

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  • Nutritional management of patients with SARS-CoV-2

    Presented on 30th April 2020 by Professor Pierre Singer

    Professor Pierre Singer has more than 30 years of clinical and academic experience. He is the director of the General Intensive Care Department and the Institute for Nutrition Research at the Rabin Medical Center, Beilinson Hospital and is Full Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the Tel Aviv University. Professor Singer has served as chairman of ESPEN (the European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism) from 2004 to 2008 and is a co-author of the recent ESPEN statements for Nutrition Care of the COVID-19 patient.

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  • Enteral Nutrition in the ICU: COVID-19 Challenge

    Presented on 3rd April 2020 by Robert Martindale, MD, PhD and Jayshil Patel, MD

    Robert Martindale, MD, PhD and Jayshil Patel, MD, outline proposed nutritional management recommendations for the patient with SARS-CoV-2.

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  • Nutrition in the post ICU period

    Speaker: Dr Emma Ridley

    Presented on 31st May 2020

    Dr Emma Ridley from Alfred Health discusses the importance of nutritional management, post-ICU.

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  • Personalized nutrition for the critically ill patients- are we ready?

    Speakers: Pierre Singer, Israel, and Mette Berger, Switzerland

    Presented on 20th May 2020

    This webinar covers all aspects of nutrition management of COVID-19 patients, including the detection of high-risk patients, personalised nutrition and how to adapt nutrition therapy.

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  • Coping with COVID-19: Self-care for clinical dietitians

    Speaker: Glenn Mackintosh, Australia

    Presented on 14th May 2020

    Health psychologist shares practical evidence-based strategies to help clinical dietitians manage stress, maintain optimism, and cultivate self-compassion during this difficult and uncertain time.

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  • Nutritional management for patients recovering in the community from COVID-19

    Speakers: Mary Hickson and Alison Smith, United Kingdom

    Presented on 27th April 2020

    A webinar from the United Kingdom on the importance of community care post-hospital discharge.

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  • Treatment of COVID-19

    Speaker: Susie Ferrie, Australia

    Presented on 9th April 2020

    A fascinating presentation on the management of patients with COVID-19 at RPAH Sydney (available for purchase through Education in Nutrition).

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  • Enhancing the Nutrition Care of Survivors of Critical Illness: Why it Matters and How We Can Improve

    Speaker: Dr Lesley Moisey, Canada

    Presented on 10th July 2018

    This webinar focuses on the importance of nutritional care in survivors post-critical illness.

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  • The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS)

    COVID-19 guidelines and resource centre

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  • European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM)

    COVID-19 news feed

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  • European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)

    Surviving Sepsis Campaign: Guidelines on the Management of Critically Ill Adults with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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  • National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce Australia

    National clinical guidelines and resource centre

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  • Cochrane Library

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care

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  • Lambell et al, 2020.

    Nutrition therapy in critical illness: a review of the literature for clinicians

    Open Access: [Click Here]

  • Ridley et al, 2020.

    Nutrition intake in the post ICU hospitalisation period

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  • Giacomelli et al, 2020

    Self-reported olfactory and taste disorders in SARS-CoV-2: a cross sectional study

    Open Access: [Click Here]

  • Caccialanza R et al, 2020

    Early nutritional supplementation in non-critically ill patients hospitalized for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Rationale and feasibility of a shared pragmatic protocol

    Open Access: [Click Here]

  • Murthy et al, 2020

    Care for Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19

    Open Access: [Click Here]

  • Poston et al, 2020

    Management of Critically Ill Adults With COVID-19

    Open Access: [Click Here]

  • Van Zanten et al, 2019

    Nutrition therapy and critical illness: practical guidance for the ICU, post-ICU, and long-term convalescence phases

    Open Access: [Click Here]

  • Fetterplace et al, 2018

    Targeted Full Energy and Protein Delivery in Critically Ill Patients: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial (FEED Trial)

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  • Ridley et al, 2018

    What Happens to Nutrition Intake in the Post–Intensive Care Unit Hospitalization Period? An Observational Cohort Study in Critically Ill Adults

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1. Kondrup J, et al. Clin Nutr 2003;22:415-421.