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Accurate Nutrition Supports Recovery in ICU

October 25th, 2017

Assessing the energy and nutrition requirements of critically ill patient is incredibly difficult. The team at Westmead Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are acutely aware of the importance of meeting these needs. Timely nutrition therapy decreases mortality rates for patients in the ICU.

Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) received a generous donation totalling $111k from the RP Medical Fund, the Baxter Charitable Foundation and the E B Myer Charity Fund as part of Perpetual’s IMPACT Philanthropy Program.

These funds allowed the purchase of an ‘Indirect Calorimeter’ to precisely measure Resting Energy Expenditure, enabling physicians and dieticians to accurately prescribe the nutrition needs of each patient (image above).

Malnutrition in patients increases the risk of infection, leads to poor wound healing, increases time on the ventilator and causes a longer length of stay in the ICU and the hospital.


“The Calorimeter is now in its implementation stage with six ICU patients per week having their nutrition requirements calculated by a more accurate method. We cannot thank enough the donors who enabled the purchase of this equipment,” said Peter Talbot, Head Dietetics and Nutrition at Westmead Hospital.

The Philanthropy team from Perpetual recently visited Westmead Hospital and had the opportunity to see the Calorimeter in operation.

Pictured left to right: Joe Conneely (Head of Development, WMRF), Peter Talbot (Head Dietetics and Nutrition at Westmead Hospital), Tracey Hammond and Liz Wheatley from Perpetual

“This equipment represents the type of positive outcomes that Perpetual seeks via our IMPACT funding program. This is a great example of the value Philanthropy brings to the critical medical research segment, which we have been able to facilitate on behalf of our clients,” said Liz Wheatley, Perpetual Senior Adviser.

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