Guidelines for Feeding

Nutrition for Special Groups 3(3+0)

Lesson 37 : Burns

Guidelines for Feeding

Patients with burns ≤ 20% of body surface area can be given oral feeding. Enteral feeding should be given if the burn area exceeds 20%. Enteral feeding should be started as early as possible. A lactose free formula with a high protein content can be selected.

For a burns patient, body weight is the most important parameter that guides nutritional support. The adequacy of nutritional support can be seen in the increasing body weight.

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