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Body Composition Tools in the ICU: Applications for Assessment and Monitoring of Nutritional Status

‐ Dec 7, 2021 3:30pm

Credits: None available.

Caring for critically ill patients can be challenging for the entire care team. Conducting a thorough nutrition assessment is an integral part of developing a comprehensive care plan. Join us for this webinar where we will begin with a discussion on malnutrition and how muscle is a key component of nutrition status. Concepts of methods of different compartments representing muscle will be addressed with information on how computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, and bioimpedance techniques work, what they measure, and the opportunities and challenges (i.e. edema, obesity, positioning) in applying them in critically ill patients. The webinar will conclude with discussion on recent studies utilizing each of these techniques in the critical care setting, what was learned from these studies, and determining future directions for clinicians and researchers alike.


  • Explain why assessment of muscle is important to nutritional assessment
  • Select appropriate body composition assessment technologies and related BC variables that could be useful for bedside nutritional assessment in clinical settings
  • Differentiate in general terms how these technologies work to generate information about muscle and other BC components
  • Outline some of the opportunities and challenges in using CT, ultrasound and bioimpedance techniques for clinical nutrition assessment





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