A Report On Chronic Intestinal Failure Essay

969 Words Jun 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
Chronic intestinal failure, also known as CIF, occurs when the small intestine is lost from severe chronic conditions, such as Crohn’s disease. Patients can suffer from dehydration due to severe diarrhea. By being conscientiously aware of nutritional intake, one can improve their remaining intestinal functioning. With educational knowledge a patient can communicate with their internist to correct and adjust medications and intravenous saline to better effective doses to hopefully allow patients to self manage so they can wean off dependency on healthcare professionals. A patient who suffers with CIF will need to be a highly motivated individual in order to achieve optimal management to get the best results. It is important to provide educational knowledge, as well as, clear and individualized perimeters of a nutritional regimen to improve one’s quality of life when battling intestinal failures. Alison Culkin performed the first study using patients with CIF that provided a personalized nutritional regimen as well as educating the participants to hopefully lead to an improvement in their quality of life. The study’s goal was to see the effectiveness that nutrition has on intestinal functioning. 138 people were screened, 55 consented to the study, and 48 patients were selected (Culkin , Gabe and Madden). Patients kept a daily log of their diet regimen, and then they were given individual requirements after their recordings were assessed. Keeping a record of daily food…

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