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Nutritional Care for High-Risk Newborns

Robert M. Nelson, MD, MS
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1996;150(6):655. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1996.02170310089028.
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Providing adequate nutrition to critically ill newborns has become as increasingly complex as the rest of their care. The practitioner must navigate through an accumulation of information that, at times, appears to be a mix of science and opinion. Nutritional Care for High-Risk Newborns attempts to provide guideposts for the numerous disciplines involved in the care of these infants.

The revised and updated first edition of this book is an effort of Ohio neonatal nutritionists, with specific expertise. Multiple new chapters have been added. The book is divided into 5 sections: "Nutritional Assessment," "Parenteral Nutrition," "Enteral Nutrition," "Medical/Surgical Problems," and "Discharge and Follow-Up." A substantial appendix addresses 20 additional areas, ranging from multiple growth curves to job descriptions.

Each of the sections has chapters that offer valuable information. Chapter 4, dealing with intake assessment, enumerates all the formulas needed to calculate the intake of most nutrients. The chapters on


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