There are many challenges related to enteral feedings of the mechanically ventilated patient. Among the most often debated issues is the threshold for gastric residual volume before further feeding. This brief article considers the factors to be considered and reviews current thinking on the topic.
Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran (Mr Emami Zeydi) Student Research Committee, Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran (Messrs Emami Zeydi, Sharafkhani, Armat).
Correspondence: Mohammad Sharafkhani, MSN, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Ebne-Sina St, Mashhad, Khorasan, Iran (email@example.com).
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