Tells how to analyze the complete nutritional content of available enteral nutrition formulas, perform nutritional assessments, conduct enteral feedings, treat complications, monitor laboratory tests, and plan at-home care.
The purpose of this handbook is to aid dietitians and other health professionals in evaluating and making recommendations for patients receiving enteral nutrition. The handbook is organized to guide the practitioner through various stages of support. The initial section is designed to assist in performing a nutritional assessment. This is followed by the main section on enteral feedings-selection, methods, complications, etc. There are additional sections on laboratory tests to monitor and on discharge planning. The information provided is designed to be practical and to facilitate efficient delivery of enteral feedings. Examples are used to make calculations easily understood. At the end of the book, specific references are provided for statements made in the text. This book is not intended as a conclusive text on enteral feedings. It is instead a convenient guide for the professional to use during daily practice. It also has the advantage of being written by dietitians currently working with enteral feedings at the clinical level.
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