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Water and EN-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Patients receiving enteral therapy have multiple points of interface with water. Most drinking water may be considered safe for healthy individuals, but the types and concentrations of contaminants may pose risks to EN patients.[1]

Contaminants may be chemical or biologic; pathogenic microorganisms are included in the latter.[1]

References:

  1. Boullata, Joseph I., et al. ASPEN Safe Practices for Enteral Nutrition Therapy. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, vol. 41, no. 1, 2016, pp. 15–103., doi:10.1177/0148607116673053.

Enteral Nutrition is Preferred-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Enteral nutrition is preferred over parenteral nutrition because it is less expensive and has a lower risk of complications.[1]

References:

  1. Hyeda A, Costa ÉSMD. Economic analysis of costs with enteral and parenteral nutritional therapy according to disease and outcome. Einstein. 2017. 15(2):192–199.

EN interruptions-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Enteral nutrition is often interrupted because of procedures, positioning, technical issues with feeding accesses, and gastrointestinal intolerance issues.[1]

References:

  1. Stewart, M.L. Interruptions in Enteral Nutrition Delivery in Critically Ill Patients and Recommendations for Clinical Practice. Critical Care Nurse. 2014. 34(4):14-22.
  2. Blumenstein, I., Shastri, Y.M., Stein, J. Gastroenteric tube feeding: techniques, problems and solutions. World J Gastroenterol. 2014. 20(26):8505-24.

EN in Home Care-Tuesday Tube Facts

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About 13% of home care patients receive enteral nutrition, according to the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA).[1]

References:

  1. Guenter, P., Read, J. ASPEN Enteral Nutrition by the Numbers: EN Data Across the Healthcare Continuum. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2017.
  2. Mundi, M.S., Pattisson, A., McMahon, M.T., Davidson, J., Hurt, R.T. Prevalence of home parenteral and enteral nutrition in the United States. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2017. 32:799-805.

Clogged Feeding Tubes Interrupt Nutrition – Tuesday Tube Facts

Surgical ICU patients with a least one interruption to their enteral nutrition experience a higher calorie deficit than those with no interruptions.[2]

References:

  1. Bourgault, A.M., Heyland, D.K., Drover, J.W., Keefe, L., Newman, P., and Day, A. G. Prophylactic Pancreatic Enzymes to Reduce Feeding Tube Occlusions. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2003. 18:398-401.
  2. Peev, M. P., Yeh, D. D., Quraishi, S. A., Osler, P. , Chang, Y. , Gillis, E. , Albano, C. E., Darak, S. and Velmahos, G. C. Causes and Consequences of Interrupted Enteral Nutrition. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2015. 39: 21-27.