Enteral Feeding Tubes

  • David E. Ciccolella

Abstract

The use of enteral nutrition dates from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, who instilled nutrient directly into the rectum. Although the concept of enteral nutrition to treat disease and foster health remains the same, the delivery route has been modified only during the last century. The current consensus among intensivists is that nutritional support should be initiated early in the course of the critically ill patient. Early nutritional support is thought to shorten hospital stay and to support the increased metabolic demand resulting from illness or injury.

Keywords

Enteral Nutrition Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Feeding Tube Enteral Feeding Tube Placement 
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