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Favourite Enteral Nutrition Resources

Hello, all. Welcome to my first post of 2013 -- just in time for the Vernal Equinox. Much as I love to blog, I've had to set aside this activity to create time and mental space for another series of workshops at which I'm a presenter.

As part of my preparation, I've been digging deep into the literature. (And yes, I'm still digging in the garden -- more on this soon). I've added new resources to my frequently used favourites and would like to share some of them with you now.


Enteral Nutrition (Tube Feeding)

Key references for guidelines, standards and safe practices

American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) Professional Resources

Bankhead R, Boullata J, Brantley S, Corkins M, Guenter P, Krenitsky J, Lyman B, Metheny NA, Mueller C, Robbins S, Wessel J and A.S.P.E.N. Board of Directors. A.S.P.E.N. Enteral Nutrition Practice Recommendations. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2009;33:149-167.

National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care, February 2006. Nutrition support in adults - Oral nutrition support, enteral tube feeding and parenteral nutrition. 


Blackmer J. Artificial feeding post-stroke: A medical and ethical perspective. 2010. [Presentation slides in PDF format. Available for download from the Champlain Regional Stroke Network Web site] 

Fluid & electrolyte balance

Basic Principles of Fluid and Electrolyte Balance (free e-book available on the ESPEN site.)

Dickerson RN, Brown RO. Long-term enteral nutrition support and the risk of dehydration. Nutr Clin Pract. 2005;20:646-653.

Whitmire SJ. Nutrition-focused evaluation and management of dysnatremias. Nutr Clin Pract. 2008;23:108-121.


Matarese LE. Nutrition and fluid optimization for patients with short bowel syndrome. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2013;37:161-169. 

University of Virginia School of Medicine, Articles in Practical Gastroenterology, Enteral Nutrition

 Home Tube Feeding

Brown PA, Quesada O, Scott F. Tube feeding using the bolus method. [Patient information fact card. ©2006 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2009.]

The OLEY Foundation  - Founded in 1983 by Lyn Howard, MD and her patient, Clarence "Oley" Oldenburg, the Oley Foundation is a national, independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that enriches the lives of patients dependent on home intravenous (parenteral ) and tube feeding (enteral ) through education, outreach, and networking. The Foundation also serves as a resource for consumer's families, clinicians and industry representatives, and other interested parties.

Coping Well with Home Enteral Nutrition: Words of Wisdom from Resilient Adult Consumers - The Utah Dietetic Association developed this self-help manual.  “Resilient HEN consumers who participated in a research study provided the majority of the information and strategies. They offered suggestions and insights based on their personal experiences."  This document is stored on Lucy's Real Food for the Tube, another site worth exploring.

Reader Comments (2)

Welcome back! What a wonderful collection of resources - makes me miss working in acute care... a little bit ;)

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVincci

Thank you, Vincci, for the welcome and also, continuing to be a faithful reader.

It feels so good to be back and reconnecting with friends. Oh yes, I can guess the parts of acute care practice you miss...and also those you don't ;-).

March 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterElaine

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