10 September 2020

Practical guidance for the use of Indirect Calorimetry during COVID 19 pandemic

Posted in Scientific

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

The purpose of this methodology paper is to provide practical guidance to health professionals to perform this measurement safely, using various metabolic monitors.

Indirect calorimetry is the best tool to assess resting energy expenditure in critically ill patients and ESPEN as well as ASPEN societies recommend its use.

Nevertheless, the use of indirect calorimetry in the COVID-19 infection time remains controversial mainly because of lack of clear instructions regarding a safe use.

The aim of this study is to suggest a guidance to perform indirect calorimetry in an optimal and safe way so to always ensure an appropriate measurement and energy target determination.

A major session of the research article is dedicated to the safe use of Q-NRG+ device with practical detailed information. The QNRG+, manufactured by COSMED, is recognized as a very safe device that, from a hygiene and disinfection point of view, is much safer than a ventilator.

Article details:

- Title: Practical guidance for the use of indirect calorimetry during COVID 19 pandemic
- Authors: Singer P, Pichard C, Waele E De.. doi:10.1016/j.yclnex.2020.07.002N. Achamrahab, M. Delsoglio, E. De Waele, M. M.Berger, C. Pichard
- Published in: Clinical Nutrition Exp. 2020;33:18-23
- Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yclnex.2020.07.002