The use of enteral and parenteral feeding.


Nutritional support involves a number of disciplines; collaborative decision-making by a nutrition support team is recommended. Unless factors exist which preclude enteral feeding or make the exclusion of nutrients from the gut appropriate, every effort should be made to feed enterally. Nutritional support involves the provision of safe equipment, treatment protocols and procedures, a training programme for all staff involved in the patient's care, and an audit system.


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