ProSource TF is the simple solution to a complete enteral formula. By providing high-quality protein in a low-calorie format, ProSource TF addresses the crucial challenge that dietitians and nurses face with critically ill patients: “Critical illness dramatically increases muscle proteolysis (breakdown of muscle mass) and more than doubles the dietary protein requirements. Yet, surprisingly, critically ill patients receive less than half the recommended protein during their stay in a modern ICU.”1
Recent studies indicate that critically ill patients require a minimum of 1.3 to 1.5 g/kg/d of protein and as much as 2+ g/ kd/d of protein.1,2,3 However, this requirement is seldom met: “The gap between the universal recommendations that critically ill patients require 1.3 to 1.5 g/kg/d of protein and the ‘real-world’ findings showing that most such patients receive not more than 0.8-1.0 g/kg/d in the best cases is puzzling and worrying. Most enteral products available are able to supply the calorie target, but they are unable to meet the protein target.”2 Research has also shown that “GI complications and feeding intolerance often result in decreased provision of enteral nutrition and prolonged ICU stays.”3
Most enteral formulas available are able to supply adequate calories, but they are unable to meet the protein target without overfeeding. Subsequently, tube-fed patients often require a protein supplement to meet their individual protein needs, but not all protein supplements are appropriate for all patients.
ProSource TF solves this problem by providing high-quality complete protein with zero additional calories. ProSource TF also benefits critically ill patients by providing the following:
- Better universal GI tolerance
- Water-thin consistency—no mixing or dilution required
- Less risk of cross-contamination
- No fructose, lactose, sucrose, glycerin, sweeteners, milk, dyes, gluten, pork, or added vitamins and minerals
1 Hoffer LJ, Bistrian BR. Why critically ill patients are protein deprived. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2013 May–Jun;37(3):300-9.
2 Megan Tempest, RD, LDN Enteral Nutrition Intolerance in Critical Illness Today’s Dietitian February 2011 Issue Vol. 13 No. 2 P. 30 http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/020911p30.shtml
3 Singer P, Cohen J. To Implement Guidelines: The (Bad) Example of Protein Administration in the ICU. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr.. 2013 May–Jun;37(3):294-296.