HCP

Enteral Feeding - Frequently Asked Questions


Home enteral feeding can be routine without issues, but difficulties may arise now and then. Below you can find a brief description of common problems, possible causes and some steps you can ask your patient to take to troubleshoot these issues.


TUBE FEEDING AT HOME: WHAT TO EXPECT


While the transition to home tube feeding requires some adjustments, there are ways to make this adaptation easier. If your patient, or their caregiver, is worried, you can put them at ease by assuring them there are ways to help. For example, talking to friends and family about their loved one’s enteral feeding may make them more comfortable with the transition. Or, you can recommend scheduling feeding during a family meal time. If your patient or their caregiver chooses to administer feeds at other times, be sure to continue to engage in family and other social activities. The adjustment may require time and patience, but soon it will become a routine.


FAQs by Condition


Home tube feeding can be trouble-free. However, it’s not unusual to experience problems now and then. Below you can find a brief description of common problems, possible causes and some steps you can take to troubleshoot problems.

CONSTIPATION
DIARRHOEA
DEHYDRATION
FLUID OVERLOAD/FLUID RETENTION
STOMACH UPSET
CLOGGED FEEDING TUBE

REFERENCES

  1. PEN Group. 2007. A Pocket Guide to Clinical Nutrition. 3rd Ed. United Kingdom: Selectprint Ltd..
  2. Dietitians Association of Australia. 2015. Enteral nutritional manual for adults in health care facilities. New Zealand. Available at: https://daa.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Enteral-nutrition-manual-January-2015.pdf
  3. Webster-Gandy, J., et al, 2006. Oxford Handbook of Nutrition and Dietetics. Oxford handbooks. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. NHS Choices. 2017. Dehydration. NHS UK. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Dehydration/