Immunonutrition for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in adults

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Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an overwhelming systemic inflammatory process associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Pharmacotherapies that moderate inflammation in ARDS are lacking. Several trials have evaluated the effects of pharmaconutrients, given as part of a feeding formula or as a nutritional supplement, on clinical outcomes in critical illness and ARDS. Objectives To systematically review and critically appraise available evidence on the effects of immunonutrition compared to standard nonimmunonutrition formula feeding on mechanically ventilated adults (aged 18 years or older) with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Search methods We searched MEDLINE, Embase, CENTRAL, conference proceedings, and trial registries for appropriate studies up to 25 April 2018. We checked the references from published studies and reviews on this topic for potentially eligible studies. Selection criteria We included all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-randomized controlled trials comparing immunonutrition versus a control or placebo nutritional formula in adults (aged 18 years or older) with ARDS, as defined by the Berlin definition of ARDS or, for older studies, by the American-European Consensus Criteria for both ARDS and acute lung injury. Data collection and analysis Two review authors independently assessed the quality of studies and extracted data from the included trials. We sought additional information from study authors. We performed statistical analysis according to Cochrane methodological standards. Our primary outcome was all-cause mortality. Secondary outcomes included intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay, ventilator days, indices of oxygenation, cardiac adverse events, gastrointestinal adverse events, and total number of adverse events.We used GRADE to assess the quality of evidence for each outcome.




Dushianthan, A., Cusack, R., Burgess, V. A., Grocott, M. P. W., & Calder, P. C. (2019, January 24). Immunonutrition for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

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