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Will I be able to have a regular diet in the ICU?

Julia Vicente, MSN
Critical Care Nursing
If a patient is awake, can chew and swallow, is neurologically intact, is not going to surgery, does not have any dietary restrictions, and can tolerate gut (stomach)  feedings there should not be a reason not to have a regular diet in the ICU. Once again, this is highly dependant on what is going on with the patient and what the patient needs.

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