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Type: Journal article
Title: Erythromycin improves gastric emptying in critically ill patients intolerant of nasogastric feeding
Author: Chapman, M.
Fraser, R.
Kluger, M.
Buist, M.
De Nichilo, D.
Citation: Critical Care Medicine, 2000; 28(7):2334-2337
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Issue Date: 2000
ISSN: 0090-3493
1530-0293
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Chapman, Marianne J.; Fraser, Robert J.; Kluger, Michal T.; Buist, Michael D.; De Nichilo, Daniela J.
Abstract: <h4>Objective</h4>To evaluate the effect of intravenous erythromycin on gastric emptying and the success of enteral feeding in mechanically ventilated, critically ill patients with large volume gastric aspirates.<h4>Design</h4>Prospective, double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled trial.<h4>Setting</h4>General intensive care unit in a university hospital.<h4>Patients</h4>Twenty critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients intolerant of nasogastric feeding (indicated by a residual gastric volume of > or =250 mL during feed administration at > or =40 mL/hr).<h4>Interventions</h4>After a gastric aspirate of > or =250 mL, which was discarded, the enteral feeding was continued at the previous rate for 3 hrs. Intravenous erythromycin (200 mg) or placebo was then administered over 20 mins. The residual gastric contents were again aspirated and the volume was recorded 1 hr after the infusion began.<h4>Measurements and main results</h4>Gastric emptying was calculated as volume of feed infused into the stomach over 4 hrs minus the residual volume aspirated. Mean gastric emptying was 139+/-37 (+/-SEM) mL after erythromycin and -2+/-46 mL after placebo (p = .027). Nasogastric feeding was successful in nine of ten patients treated with erythromycin and five of ten who received placebo 1 hr after infusion (chi-square p = .05).<h4>Conclusion</h4>In critically ill patients who have large volumes of gastric aspirates indicating a failure to tolerate nasogastric feeding, a single small dose of intravenous erythromycin allows continuation of feed in the short term.
Keywords: Humans; Erythromycin; Gastrointestinal Agents; Respiration, Artificial; Enteral Nutrition; Critical Care; Infusions, Intravenous; APACHE; Double-Blind Method; Intubation, Gastrointestinal; Gastric Emptying; Middle Aged; Female; Male
Rights: Copyright: © 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
RMID: 0001001249
DOI: 10.1097/00003246-200007000-00026
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