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Managing home enteral tube feeding for children.

Authors
  • Khair, Jamil
Type
Published Article
Journal
British journal of community nursing
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2003
Volume
8
Issue
3
Pages
116–126
Identifiers
PMID: 12682606
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

There is a growing awareness of the long-term consequences of undernutrition in childhood. Consequently, an ever-increasing number of children are receiving nutritional support using an enteral tube. While most of the children will commence artificial feeding in hospital, a significant proportion will continue to be artificially fed on discharge into the community. This article discusses the various routes of enteral tube feeding, their indications and contraindications and problem-solving procedures. The article also discusses the issues of cooperation and coordination between acute and community services, and offers some guidance on effective discharge planning for these children.

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