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01.12.2016 | Commentary | Ausgabe 1/2016 Open Access

Critical Care 1/2016

New generation indirect calorimeters for measuring energy expenditure in the critically ill: a rampant or reticent revolution?

Critical Care > Ausgabe 1/2016
Elisabeth De Waele, Patrick M. Honore, Herbert D. Spapen
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This comment refers to the article available at: http://​dx.​doi.​org/​10.​1186/​s13054-016-1232-6.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

EDW designed the paper, EDW, PMH and HDS participated in drafting the manuscript and have read and approved the final version.


To lower the risk of incorrectly feeding critically ill patients, indirect calorimetry (IC) is proposed as the most ideal method to evaluate energy expenditure and to establish caloric goals. New IC devices are progressively introduced but validation of this new generation remains challenging and arduous.
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