Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of smoke inhalation injury?

Updated: Oct 15, 2021
  • Author: Keith A Lafferty, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Patients should take nothing by mouth until it becomes clear that they will not require tracheal intubation because of significant respiratory or hemodynamic compromise.

Even with extensive burns, most patients can tolerate enteral feedings at the end of the first 24 hours. Begin enteral feedings as soon as possible. As enteral intake increases, decrease intravenous fluids accordingly. Patients may demonstrate marked hypermetabolism. Therefore, providing adequate nutritional support is important.


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