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Gastrostomy Care: A Guide to Practice




The development of a relatively safe endoscopic procedure for the insertion of gastrostomy tubes has led to a staggering increase in the number of people who receive tube feeding. The percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) procedure has made enteral feeding available to many people who would not previously have received it. 

As another volume in Ausmed’s acclaimed ‘Guide to Practice’ series, Gastrostomy Care: A Guide to Practice provides expert practical support for health professionals who care for people with gastrostomy tubes and for all those who are involved in helping patients and their families make informed decisions about tube feeding. An important theme of the book is that tube feeding is more than formulae and equipment. 

People can be devastated to learn that they will no longer be able to eat and drink normally. In adjusting to the personal and social challenges involved, patients and their families require compassion and understanding. This book will greatly assist in understanding the care needs of a person with a gastrostomy tube, provide guidance in managing those needs appropriately, and assist people to make informed choices about their tube feeding.

Contents include

  • Available either as a standalone book or an audiobook and textbook package
  • Expert practical support for health professionals who care for people with gastrostomy tubes and for all those who are involved in helping patients and their families make informed decisions about tube feeding
  • Draws on the clinical expertise of a wide range of health professionals, who work with people who have gastrostomy tubes
  • Informative text that is enhanced with illustrative case studies, practical assessment tools, useful pro formas, and explanatory diagrams and photographs
  • The focus of the chapter topics is on practicality rather than academic features
  • This book challenges nurses to respond to the needs of gastrostomy care with the latest evidence-based knowledge and the best clinical practice.


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Author / Editor Biographies

Catherine Barrett is a registered nurse with particular expertise in the care of people with gastrostomy tubes. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing science and certificates in gerontic nursing, advanced management, sexual and reproductive health, and assessment and workplace training. Catherine has been working in aged care since 1982 as a nurse unit manager, an external assessor for the Standards and Accreditation Agency, a veterans' project officer, and a consultant nurse for the National Ageing Research Institute (Australia). Catherine's doctoral studies at the University of Melbourne ...

Publisher

Established in 1987, Ausmed Publications is the print publishing arm of Ausmed Education, a company is dedicated to producing high quality healthcare education in the form of: Seminars and Conferences, Online Resources, Video Learning Activities and Textbooks.

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