Home enteral nutrition: Organisation of services
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Home enteral nutrition: Organisation of services

Sue Green Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton
Sarah Dinenage Primary care dietitian, Solent NHS Trust, Southampton
Morwenna Gower Speech and language therapist, Solent NHS Trust, Southampton
Johanna Van Wyk Nutricia nurse, Community enteral feeding, South West Region

Care is being increasingly provided in the community, so nurses need to be aware of how nutritional support is organised in their trusts, and whether it is cost effective, say Sue Green and colleagues

This article discusses how services for people receiving enteral nutrition via a nasogastric or gastrostomy tube at home are organised. The home enteral nutrition team’s role is also explored. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence outlines the need for nutritional support in adults to be high quality and cost effective. It is important therefore that local services are able to provide people receiving enteral nutrition with safe and effective care that they consider satisfactory.

The discussion is pertinent to nurses caring for older people because gastrostomy tube placement is increasingly common in people aged over 60. A gastrostomy tube is the usual route by which enteral nutrition is given in the community.

Nursing Older People. 25, 4, 14-18. doi: 10.7748/nop2013.



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

Johanna Van Wyk is employed by Nutricia, which provides home enteral nutrition services

Accepted: 27 March 2013