The energy needs of burn patients vary greatly depending on burn severity. In this podcast, we are joined by dietitian Caroline Nicholls to learn more about using indirect calorimetry proactively to help target your interventions. Caroline discusses where to start with your clinical assessment of burns patients, the benefits and barriers to using indirect calorimetry to determine energy needs, and touches on other patient groups that may benefit from utilising this technology.
Caroline Nicholls is a Senior Dietitian at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, working in Burns and Aged Care. She has over 15 years experience working with burn injured patients and is well recognised in the field of nutrition support and clinical research in severe burn injury. She has an interest in the role indirect calorimetry can play in optimising energy provision for this patient group and is undertaking research in this area.
In this episode, we discuss:
- The recognised role of nutrition in burn recovery
- Where to start when assessing your burn patient
- Predictive equations vs indirect calorimetry to determine energy needs
- How to measure energy expenditure using indirect calorimetry
- Tips for dietitians interested in working in nutrition support
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