Providing optimal nursing care for patients undergoing enteral feeding

McLaren, Shawn and Arbuckle, Cameron (2020) Providing optimal nursing care for patients undergoing enteral feeding. Nursing standard, 35 (3). pp. 60-65. ISSN 2047-9018

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Enteral feeding is defined as the intake of food directly into the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Enteral feeding tubes can also be used to administer medicines. Patients who may require enteral feeding include those who are unconscious, or those with neurological swallowing disorders, upper GI obstruction, GI dysfunction or malabsorption. There are several routes that can be used for enteral feeding including gastrostomy, post-pyloric, nasogastric, continuous pump and bolus feeding. When undertaking enteral feeding, nurses and other healthcare professionals should be aware of the potential complications such as tube blockage and infection. This article examines the various enteral feeding routes, discusses the administration of medicines, and details the common complications associated with enteral feeding. [Abstract copyright: © 2020 RCN Publishing Company Ltd. All rights reserved. Not to be copied, transmitted or recorded in any way, in whole or part, without prior permission of the publishers.]

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From PubMed via Jisc Publications Router
Uncontrolled Keywords: clinical, diet, enteral nutrition, gastrostomy, nutrition, nutritional intake, nutritional support, parenteral nutrition
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Human Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2020 11:48
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2020 01:58
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5691

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