What is Enteral Nutrition?
Enteral Nutrition is a special liquid food composition of nutrients like protein, vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, and minerals, supplied through a feeding tube into the body, which helps prevent malnutrition. Enteral feeding is achieved with the help of feeding tubes inserted through different parts of the body. When people, including infants, children, and adults, are able to get sufficient nutritional support by utilizing the tube feeding process.
Features of Enteral Nutrition
When is Feeding Tube Food used?
A few conditions in which tube feeding is crucial are: ·
Enteral Nutrition Formulas at HPFY
- Global ProCel Whey Protein Supplement Powder
- Nestle Nutren 2.0 Calorically Dense Complete Liquid Nutrition
- Abbott Nutrition Tube Feeding Formula
- Medtrition ProSource TF Ready to Hang Tube Feeding Formula
- Abbott Nutrition Vital AF 1.2 Cal Oral Supplement
Where to buy Enteral Nutrition?
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Frequently asked questions
- Check the expiry date of your formula. Unopened cans of formula can be stored at room temperature for long periods of time
- Cover open cans of formula and store them in the refrigerator between feedings. Do not use any open, unused cans of formula after 24 hours
These feeds contain all the carbohydrate, protein, fat, water, electrolytes, micronutrients (vitamins and trace elements) and fibre required by a stable patient.
These contain nitrogen as short peptides or free amino acids and aim to improve nutrient absorption in the presence of pancreatic insufficiency or inflammatory bowel disease. The fibre content of these feeds is variable and some are supplemented with vitamin K, which may interact with other medications.
Nutrients such as glutamine, arginine and essential omega-3 fatty acids are able to modulate immune function. Enteral immunonutrition may decrease major infectious complications and length of hospital stay in surgical and some critically ill patients.
- Re-feeding syndrome occurs in previously malnourished patients who are fed with high carbohydrate loads.
- Carbohydrates (eg, glucose) in the feed can cause a large increase in the circulating insulin level. This results in a rapid and dramatic fall in phosphate, potassium and magnesium - with an increasing extracellular fluid (ECF) volume.
- As the body tries to switch from catabolic (starvation mode) to using exogenous fuel sources, there is an increase in oxygen consumption, increased respiratory and cardiac workload (may precipitate acute heart failure and tachypnoea and make weaning from a ventilator difficult). Demand for nutrients and oxygen may outstrip supply. Both of the above can lead to multiple organ failure; respiratory and/or cardiac failure, arrhythmias, rhabdomyolysis, seizures or coma, red cell and/or leukocyte dysfunction.
- The gut may have undergone some atrophy with starvation and, with the return of enteral feeding, there may be intolerance to the feed, with nausea and diarrhoea.
- Feeds should be started slowly and the electrolytes closely monitored and adequately replaced to avoid these problems developing.