Resources for Clinicians Caring for Patients with Coronavirus

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading globally, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) wishes to remind all clinicians that nutrition care is vital, particularly in patients with infections. 

New! Nutrition Therapy in the Patient with COVID-19 Disease Requiring ICU Care (Reviewed and Approved by ASPEN and Society for Critical-Care Medicine)

New! Barazzoni R, Bischoff SC, Krznaric Z, Pirlich M, Singer P, endorsed by the ESPEN Council. ESPEN expert statements and practical guidance for nutritional management of individuals with sars-cov-2 infection, Clinical Nutrition.

SCCM/ASPEN Critical Care Guidelines

ASPEN EN Care Pathway
This ASPEN EN Care Pathway provides steps and resources for managing critically-ill adult patients requiring enteral nutrition (EN), starting at needs assessment through transition out of the ICU.

ASPEN has many resources to help providers prepare and care forpatients.

Here are some additional resources to help you explain why nutrition support is critical, especially for critically ill patients:

  • Malnourished hospitalized patients are associated with higher hospital costs, longer stays, and increased mortality. See malnutrition infographic.
  • The ASPEN Value Project revealed significant economic value and improved outcomes for patients who are acutely ill with nutrition support. Sepsis is just one of the therapeutic areas where nutrition support has been associated with a decreased ICU length of stay and mortality.

Value Project Slide COVID-19 Page

Tyler R, Barrocas A, Guenter P, et al.  Value of nutrition support therapy: impact on clinical and economic outcomes in the United States. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2020;44(3):395–406.