Basics of enteral nutrition in adults
Enteral feeding is increasingly common in both primary and secondary care and a variety of products can be prescribed.
Helen Campbell, Peter Turner and John Sexton give an overview of what enteral nutrition involves, the products available and special considerations needed in enterally-fed patients
Summary With an increasing awareness of the potential morbidity, mortality, and financial burdens associated with malnutrition, enteral and oral sip feeds are being increasingly used based on a strong evidence and NICE recommendations. A general knowledge of enteral feeding is, therefore, of value to pharmacists.
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Helen Campbell, DipClinPharm, MRPharmS, is senior pharmacist for nutrition and surgical services, and Peter Turner, MSc, RD, is specialist dietitian for nutritional support at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
John Sexton, MSc, MRPharmS, is principal pharmacist lecturer-practitioner at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and Liverpool John Moores University
“” (R White et al, Pharmaceutical Press) is a practical guide to the safe administration of medicines via enteral feeding tubes. It includes information on drug therapy review, medication formulation choice and unlicensed medication use as well as guidance on the safe administration of specific drugs and formulations.
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