Exploring diarrhoea, enteral nutrition and intestinal microbial flora relationships in critically ill patients

Jack, Leanne C. (2014) Exploring diarrhoea, enteral nutrition and intestinal microbial flora relationships in critically ill patients. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Diarrhoea is a common complication observed in critically ill patients. Relationships between diarrhoea, enteral nutrition and aerobic intestinal microflora have been disconnectedly examined in this patient cohort. This research used a two-study, observational design to examine these associations. Higher diarrhoea incidence rates were observed when patients received enteral tube feeding, had abnormal serum blood results, received multiple medications and had aerobic microflora dysbiosis. Further, significant aerobic intestinal microflora changes were observed over time in patients who experienced diarrhoea. These results establish a platform for further work to improve the intestinal health of critically ill patients.

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ID Code: 78409
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Coyer, Fiona & Yates, Patsy
Keywords: Intestinal microflora, Diarrhoea, Enteral nutrition, Critical illness, Gut bacteria, Tube-feeding, ICU
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2014 05:19
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 05:45

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