Enteral feedings, or tube feedings, are nutrient-rich liquids that are given through a tube inserted into a patient’s digestive tract. This is necessary when a patient cannot eat by mouth or cannot meet nutritional needs with an oral diet alone. Dietitians at North Shore Medical Center work with each patient’s care team to determine what formula and method of tube feeding is best.
- Develop and implement a tube feeding nutrition plan.
- Monitor adequacy of feeding in regards to nutrition repletion and hydration needs, ensuring weight maintenance or gain as appropriate.
- Help manage feeding and gastrointestinal related complications such as nausea, bloating, fullness, diarrhea, or constipation.
- Develop and implement a transition feeding care plan or termination of nutrition support as appropriate.
- Collaborate with the patient’s physician to determine appropriate nutrition interventions.
- Facilitate implementation of interventions at home through contacting home care providers and collaborating with them whenever needed.