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How to deal with limited numbers/shortage of feeding pumps?

It there is a shortage of feeding pumps in the hospital first two steps could be to:

  • Locate all pumps in your ward/hospital
  • Based on local public health authorities guidelines and instructions, develop a contingency plan in place for which patients should have priority for enteral feeding pumps, in the event of shortages. 

Subsequently, other possible alternative feeding strategies could be:

  • Using pumps in a more efficient way
  • Considering use of gravity feeding sets
  • Considering Bolus feeding 

In case your question is not answered here, please connect directly with your regular contact in your country.

  1. P. Singer et al. ESPEN guideline on clinical nutrition in the intensive care unit. Clinical Nutrition 38 (2019) 48e79. © 2018 European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  2. Patel JJ, Rosenthal MD, Heyland DK. Intermittent versus continuous feeding in critically ill adults. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care 2018;21:116e20.

Please note that information contained in this FAQ Q&A is provided for general purposes and is not intended as medical advice, please always follow public health authorities guidelines and instructions.

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