Donald Duerksen, Associate Professor Medicine

University of Manitoba

Dr Duerksen is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba and is the Section Head of the Division of Gastroenterology. He is also the Medical Director of the Manitoba Home Nutrition Program and Medical Advisor for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Department of Nutrition. He is one of the founding members of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force. His research interests include malnutrition in hospitalized patients, complications of TPN and enteral nutrition, and celiac disease. He has been active in teaching nutrition assessment to physicians, dietitians, dietetic interns, and medical students.

A brief update on refeeding syndrome, thiamin supplementation and the effect of inflammation on EN/PN

Remote speaker / Presenting virtually

Refeeding syndrome is a recognized complication of nutrition support. This update will review ASPEN recommendations and highlight recent evidence to provide a practical approach for the nutrition clinician. In addition, the potential role of thiamin in refeeding syndrome and the evidence for supplementation will be reviewed.

Hospitalized patients frequently have underlying inflammation due to underlying medical conditions or complications related to their hospitalization. This session will briefly review recent evidence on the effect of inflammation on nutrition therapy and the implications for nutritional management of hospitalized patients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify patients at high risk for refeeding syndrome
  2. Summarize the key management strategies for refeeding syndrome
  3. Describe the role of thiamin supplementation in refeeding syndrome
  4. Describe the effect inflammation has on nutrition support and how this may influence nutrition therapies