“If the gut works, use it!” Healthcare professionals across disciplines are familiar with that mantra, and well aware that in most cases enteral nutrition is the preferred route of feeding for patients who require specialized nutrition support. While there is general agreement on the unique benefits of enteral nutrition, safe initiation and advancement of enteral feeding is quite often very difficult in practice. This course outlines how to identify patients who may require enteral nutrition support and provides current guidelines and evidence for initiating, advancing, and monitoring enteral feedings in hospitalized patients to ensure they are optimally fed.
The goal of this enteral nutrition continuing education program is to provide dietitians and pharmacists with information about enteral nutrition support. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Discuss the rationale for identification of patients who might require enteral nutrition support
- Given a patient scenario, determine the most appropriate route for enteral feeding access
- Develop a plan for initiating, advancing, and monitoring enteral feedings
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, paramedics, EMTs, and pharmacists .
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com
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OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3060, 5000, 5170, 390, 5410, 5440, 5450 and performance indicators of 8.3.6, 8.3.7, 9.3.5, 10.1.2, 10.2.5, 10.2.8, 10.2.10.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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