Enteral Tube Feeding
Enteral Tube Feeding is administered into the gastrointestinal tract via a nasogastric, nasoenteric or percutaneous tube. Enteral Tube Feeding is required when a patient is unable to consume sufficient nutrition via the oral route. Examples include severe cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, after a stroke or major surgery, such as head and neck surgery, and critical illness.
Enteral Tube Feeding can be supplementary to oral intake or parenteral nutrition, or can be the sole source of nutrition.