Feeding Tube Awareness Week: Supporting patients via nutritional therapy
This week is Feeding Tube Awareness Week; a week aiming to spread awareness about the importance of feeding tubes in people’s lives, share the health benefits of enteral tube feeding, and serve to educate as many HealthCare Professionals and patients as possible about the reasons why children and adults are tube fed. Tube feeding is an essential nutritional support when nutritional requirements cannot be met orally. From children to seniors, anyone can receive tube feeding through different types of feeding tubes and can live well with it as long as it is needed. As Nutricia, our aim is to raise awareness and demonstrate the impact of tube feeding through real-life patient stories.
Enteral Tube feeding support
Tube feeding consists of special medical tube feeds and devices to deliver nutrition directly into the stomach or the intestine of patients who are unable to consume food in a usual way. Tube feeding can be a temporary feeding solution in acute illness conditions (e.g. critical illness, infection, trauma, surgery, etc.) as well as long-term life-sustaining solution in chronic illness conditions (e.g. cancer, neurological disorder, respiratory disease, etc.)
Nutritional interventions in critical care and beyond
Loss of muscle mass and malnutrition is common among critically ill patients1. Approximately 50% will not meet their nutritional targets while in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)2. Malnourished patients may be susceptible to complications such as prolonged respiratory dysfunction and increased mortality3. Nutritional interventions can be crucial to ensure growth in children or conserve a patient’s lean body mass during a stay in the ICU, as well as after discharge to ensure recovery.
Discover our patients stories: