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Nutritional status as a predictor of duration of mechanical ventilation in critically ill children

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Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.)
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Grippa, R. B.; Silva, P. S.; Barbosa, E.; Bresolin, N. L.; Mehta, N. M.; Moreno, Y. M.

OBJECTIVES: Critically ill children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) often are malnourished. The aim of this study was to determine the role of nutritional status on admission as a predictor of the duration of mechanical ventilation in critically ill children. METHODS: This was a single-center, prospective cohort study, including consecutive children (ages 1 mo to 15 y) admitted to a PICU. Demographic characteristics, clinical characteristics, and nutritional status were recorded and patients were followed up until hospital discharge. Nutritional status was evaluated by anthropometric parameters and malnutrition was considered if the Z-scores for the parameters were

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