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Christine Vis-Kampen
Christine Vis- Kampen
Registered Dietitian
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) &Surgery
905-895-4521 ext. 2031


Bachelors Degree of Applied Science

Associations and Affiliations:

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), the College of Registered Dietitians.

Research Focus:

Christine Vis-Kampen's research focuses on practical and clinical studies that look at nutritional adequacy of ICU patients. By implementing evidence-based care plans and assessing outcomes, Christine is looking at how to improve enteral and parenteral intake of patients in the ICU.

Research Summary of Key Projects:

In the ACCEPT trial, Christine implemented an evidence-based enteral feeding algorithm in the ICU to improve adequacy of time of delivery of feeds and overall nutritional intake in critical ill patients.

In the PERFECTIS feasibility study, Christine and her team were one of seven hospitals that looked at identifying barriers to adherence of key nutritional recommendations of feeding critical ill patient at Southlake. In this project, numerous obstacles were identified in regards to feeding patients. A tailored action plan was developed and implemented and nutritional adequacy reassessed. Nutritional adequacy improved from 52% to 61%, and a future plan to be implemented was discussed.

In conjunction with the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit, Christine has participated in three International Nutritional Surveys (2008, 2009 and 2011). These surveys are part of an ongoing quality improvement initiative which compares current nutritional practice in ICUs, within and across different countries. It has highlighted Southlake's strengths, as well as areas for improvement in comparison with other Canadian Hospitals. Plans are underway to participate in the upcoming 2013 survey.

Research Goals:

Christine's research initiatives to date look at improving adherence to evidence-based nutritional guidelines, thus leading to improvements in intake and subsequently clinical outcomes. She wants to promote a culture of best practice in critical care nutrition and to continue to improve clinical outcomes for clients at Southlake.

Future Goals and Interest in Research:

Christine has a keen desire to become a leader and co-author of primary research. Apart from focusing on the ICU, Christine is hoping to conduct research in the surgical unit as well. Specifically, she desires to investigate at the quality and client satisfaction of nutrition care for clients who have undergone an esophagectomy at Southlake

Related Articles and Publications:

Validation of the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Nutrition Support in the Mechanically Ventilated, Critically Ill Adult Patients: Results of a Prospective Observational Study

Nutrition Support in the Critical Care setting: Current Practice in Canadian ICUs – Opportunities for improvement?

Multicentre, Cluster-Randomized Clinical Trial of Algorithms for Critical-Care Enteral and Parenteral Therapy (ACCEPT)

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