Current Formulas for Water Requirements Produce Different Estimates

Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 04/27/2012

Current formulas that estimate the water requirements of patients receiving enteral nutrition and parenteral nutrition all compute a dissimilar quantity of water. The consequences of these estimates could result in major differences in water intake recommendations and prescriptions between patients or in the same patient, thus suggesting a need for improved standardization of practice for estimating water requirements in clinical practice.

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