What is Enteral Nutrition and What is a Feeding Tube?
While it may sound overly complicated, “enteral nutrition” really just refers to the delivery of liquid food, water, and medication to the digestive system. And the “feeding tube” is the medical device that makes enteral nutrition possible. Think of it like this, enteral nutrition is basically a magic trick that allows kids to take in proper nutrients and stay hydrated. And the feeding tube is the magic wand that makes it come to life! But why would someone need a feeding tube in the first place? As per the “Guide To Tube Feeding For Patients and Families,” which has been kindly published as an online PDF (here) by the Michael Garron Hospital, there are many medically necessary reasons for using a feeding tube.
These include when patients are:
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