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Enteral nutrition: an overview

30 May 2012

Nursing Standard

A&S Science

Many patients are unable to eat, while others are malnourished and therefore may need nutritional support. Encouraging adequate consumption of a well-balanced diet,...

Enteral feeding and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy

28 January 2004

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Many patients are unable to eat and others are malnourished. Such patients need nutritional support, and enteral feeding offers one way of providing such support. It...

Guidelines for routine gastrostomy tube replacement in children

01 December 2013

Nursing Children and Young People

Art & Science

Endoscopic placement of a gastrostomy is the safest method of inserting a gastrostomy in children who are going to require full or supplemental enteral feeding for...

Dysphagia management for progressive neurological conditions

29 March 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article discusses some of the issues surrounding dysphagia management for patients with progressive neurological conditions. It is important that health...

Psychosocial implications of gastrostomy placement

01 September 2009

Paediatric Nursing


This article reviews the literature on the psychosocial implications of gastrostomy placement, and highlights key areas of concern for children and their families....

Full-thickness burns due to contact with gastric acid

06 June 2019

Emergency Nurse

gastric burns

This article describes the case of a 33-year-old man with cerebral palsy who sustained a full-thickness burn to his thorax as a result of lying in gastric acid that...

Effectiveness of prophylactic gastrostomy in patients having treatment for head and neck cancer

08 October 2014

Cancer Nursing Practice

Art & Science

Patients with head and neck cancer are at increased risk of malnutrition. There is much debate about the optimal method of feeding. A comprehensive literature review...

Blended food for enteral feeding via a gastrostomy

04 November 2014

Nursing Children and Young People

Art & Science

A blended diet for enteral nutrition is defined as home-made everyday food blended to a smooth ‘single cream’ consistency. At present, blended food is not...

Providing optimal nursing care for patients undergoing enteral feeding

27 February 2020

Nursing Standard


Enteral feeding is defined as the intake of food directly into the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Enteral feeding tubes can also be used to administer medicines....

Implementing blended feeding for children with intellectual disabilities in a school environment

01 October 2020

Learning Disability Practice


Enteral feeding is commonly used in children with intellectual disabilities for short and long periods of time, and for a variety of reasons. Traditionally, sterile,...