You might have seen a person lying in a hospital bed with a tube around his/her nose or even in the neck. Feeding patients who cannot intake food orally is still possible with the help of some medical equipment. Equipment such as a tube can be inserted near the nose, neck or other areas of the body that can accept food. Today you will get to know what enteral feeding is and what it can do to patients.
Enteral feeding refers to a complete feed of nutrients delivered directly into the stomach.
The complete feed should consist of proteins, vitamins, minerals, water, carbohydrates and fats in the right amounts. It is delivered to the stomach, duodenum or jejunum. The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine, while the jejunum lies between the duodenum and the ileum.
Who can benefit from enteral feeding?
Enteral feeding is now being used in various countries. It is used for patients who are malnourished or those who are under the risk of malnutrition. Enteral feeding is for people of all ages since children also experience malnutrition, neurological and muscular disorders that may not allow them to take or eat food orally. Enteral feeding is also for those patients who just went under a surgery or those who are critically ill.
There are many kinds of tubes that give access to the food.
Tubes such as NG, NJ PEG, and percutaneous jejunostomy tubes can give a person some access to the food he/she needs. It may be a lengthy discussion to tackle each of the tubes, but these tubes feed a patient the food in different ways. By food, we don’t mean that it is solid enough for a person to chew. The food that passes through the tube are pre-packaged feeds that contain all the needed nutrients of the patient.
Enteral Feeding is one of the important services our trustworthy and highly qualified nurses offer and provide. Here at Bright Home Health Care, we deliver health care services at the most peaceful sanctuary. And that peaceful sanctuary is your very own home. We will make sure that you will be able to experience the comfort and assistance you need as you face your health conditions. Whether it’s you or your loved one, we are here to serve you. Call us today at 972-820-9240! Or you can visit us at 3740 N Josey Lane, Suite 160 Carrolton, TX 75007