Dr. HEUCKENKAMP surveyed “The Position of the Carbohydrates in the Field of Parenteral Nutrition”. Glucose seems to be the carbohydrate of choice in most conditions requiring intravenous nutrition. In situations with decreased glucose tolerance, such as for instance after trauma, postoperatively or in diabetics, a temporary addition of insulin is needed. If fructose is administered it must be remembered that more than 5o% of the infused amount is converted into glucose. Polyalcohols for infusion are available in many countries. They seem not to have, however, any advantage over the above-mentioned monosaccharides.
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