Basics of enteral nutrition in adults

By Helen Campbell, Peter Turner and John Sexton

Enteral feeding 


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
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Reflect on knowledge gaps

  • How is malnutrition defined by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence?
  • What factors affect the type of nutrition administered through enteral feeding tubes?
  • How should medicines be administered through feeding tubes?

Think about how this article may help you to do your job better.

Practice points

Reading is only one way to undertake CPD and the regulator will expect to see various approaches in a pharmacist’s CPD portfolio.

  • Familiarise yourself with sections 7.1 to 7.4 of appendix 7 in the British National Formulary. Consider typical indications for patients to be receiving enteral or oral nutrition.
  • Discuss with a colleague what you would consider if asked to recommend a medicine for administration via an enteral feeding tube.
  • Make sure you can describe the differences between the various enteral and oral feeds and supplements available.

Consider making this activity one of your nine CPD entries this year.

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