Friday, September 26, 2014

Q: Risk of re-feeding syndrome increases after how many days of NPO status or poor intake?

Answer: 5 days

It is not uncommon in ICUs for patients to go without feed for few days. It is important to understand that any patient who has had negligible nutrient intake for more than 5 consecutive days is at risk of refeeding syndrome. And, refeeding syndrome usually occurs within four days of starting to feed.

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