Starting enteral nutrition more than 3 days after ICU admission was associated with increased length of stay.

Critically ill patients should be started on enteral tube feeds within 48 hours of intubation whenever possible.

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2. Fremont, R. D., Rice, T.W. How soon should we start interventional feeding in the ICU? Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2014 March; 30(2): 178–181.
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