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Enteral Feeding in Aged Care

In caring for elderly persons who are unable to eat or swallow oral foods, nurses and carers must ensure that the appropriate nutritional requirements are met. In the case of older persons with an enteral feeding tube of some type, there are additional considerations in regard to the type and volume of nutrition that can be delivered, and what goals this type of nutrition hopes to achieve. These nutritional objectives are set by a multidisciplinary team, and are critical for the health and wellbeing of the person being fed. Enteral feeding is the supply of liquid nutrients via a tube into the gastrointestinal tract, bypassing the mouth and esophagus. This chapter explores the issues surrounding the insertion and maintenance of these devices and how they can be used to meet the nutritional needs of those in your care.

Contents include

  • Definitions and indications
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Tube placement
  • Feeding techniques
  • Care of the tube site
  • Administration of medications
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Author / Editor Biographies

Patsy Montgomery is a registered nurse, midwife and stomal therapist. Patsy has a degree in education from Monash University, Melbourne. Patsy is the co-founder of the Gastrostomy information support service. She is the coordinator and clinical nurse consultant for the Abbott Nutritional Service and President of the Peninsula Ostomy Association (Melbourne). Patsy provides a support service for tube-fed patients and provides advice and support for the families and carers of patients. Patsy is a vibrant and continually highly evaluated teacher.

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