Title

Pediatric Enteral Access Device Management.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2016

Identifier

DOI: 10.1177/0884533616670640

Abstract

Enteral nutrition (EN) support has proven to be a nutrition intervention that can provide full or partial calories to promote growth and development in infants and children. To supply these nutrients, an enteral access device is required, and the use of these devices is growing. Placement of the proper device for the patient need, along with appropriate care and monitoring, is required for individualized patient management. When complications arise, early identification and management can prevent more serious morbidity. Complication management requires a tiered approach starting with staff nurses and ending with a physician expert. In addition to this, each institution needs to have an approach that is coordinated among disciplines and departments to promote consistency of practice. The formation of an enteral access team is a conduit for clinical experts to provide education to families, patients, and healthcare professionals while serving as a platform to address product and practice issues.

Journal Title

Nutrition in clinical practice : official publication of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Volume

31

Issue

6

First Page

748

Last Page

761

MeSH Keywords

Child; Energy Intake; Enteral Nutrition; Gastrostomy; Humans

Keywords

enteral access devices; enteral nutrition; feeding tubes; gastrostomy tubes; g-tubes

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