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Table 2 NICE Criteria for determining people at high risk of developing refeeding problems [13]

From: Refeeding syndrome – awareness, prevention and management

Patient has one or more of the following:
   - BMI less than 16 kg/m2
   - unintentional weight loss greater than 15% within the last 3–6 months
   - little or no nutritional intake for more than 10 days
   - low levels of potassium, phosphate or magnesium prior to feeding.
Or patient has two or more of the following:
   - BMI less than 18.5 kg/m2
   - unintentional weight loss greater than 10% within the last 3–6 months
   - little or no nutritional intake for more than 5 days
   - a history of alcohol abuse or drugs including insulin, chemotherapy, antacids or diuretics.