Enteral nutrition (EN) is an integral part of clinical intervention for paediatric and adult patients unable to consume adequate calories on their own. In the hospital and homecare settings, the implementation and observance of care protocols help maximize the benefits of EN while minimizing potential risks. This includes selecting the appropriate medical devices as well as following daily care and hygiene recommendations on an ongoing basis.
This article presents an overview of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) and European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) guidelines on safe practices for enteral access medical devices, including pump and gravity sets, feeding tubes and syringes. The full articles can be accessed via their respective websites: ASPEN, ESPEN.