Is Tube Feeding the Answer to Under-Nutrition?

OVERVIEW:  Many health care professionals, patients, and families are quick to consider tube feeding for residents with unintended weight loss, poor intake, or declining nutritional status. This session will explore the evidence for using tube feeding and explore the ethical and legal ramifications of a decision to initiate or withhold tube feeding.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the indications for the use of tube feeding
  • Discuss the role of tube feeding in preventing aspiration
  • Understand the importance of advanced directives specific to tube feeding
  • Learn the importance of communication with patients and families and documentation of that communication regarding the decision to initiate tube feeding

CPE Level: II
Learning Needs Codes: 1050, 3050, 4120, 4190, 5100, 5280, 5300, 5430, 5440

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