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Nestle Introduces PEPTAMEN® BARIATRIC Formula for the Critically-Ill Obese Patient
Date:2/1/2011

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"The lack of consistent and appropriate nutrition interventions for the obese, critically-ill patient means that some patients may be overfed, others may be underfed and become malnourished, and others may not have their nutritional needs assessed at all. All of these scenarios can present problems with health outcomes and recovery rates," said Stephen McClave, M.D., Professor of Medicine, University of Louisville.

Obesity is a serious health concern because of its related complications and co-morbidities, including cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders such as diabetes and respiratory disease. The increased rate of infections and complications associated with obesity in the ICU can be significant, costly and affect treatment across all settings.

"There is a known benefit with early nutritional intervention in the ICU patient. However, despite having more than 236 formulas, until recently, not one met the recommended amount of protein and calories suggested to help support improved patient outcomes for this patient population," said Robert Martindale, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of General Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University.

To address this important need, Nestle HealthCare Nutrition has developed a tube feeding formula, PEPTAMEN® BARIATRIC, with a unique protein-to-calorie ratio specifically designed to help meet the protein requirements of the critically-ill obese patient recommended in the 2009 Critical Care Nutrition Guidelines.(ii)

PEPTAMEN® BARIATRIC tube feeding formula is the latest addition to the Nestle PEPTAMEN® family of products. PEPTAMEN® is the only family of peptide formulas with over 50 clinical studies and more than 23 years of clinical experience. For the tube feeding of the critically-ill obese patient, PEPTAMEN® BARIATRIC formula provides 37 percent of calories from 100 percent whey protein, enzymatically hydrolyzed to produce peptides. The lipid blend in
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