Guidelines for the safe administration of drugs through an enteral feeding tube are available, but research shows that often nurses don't adhere to them. This can lead to medication error and tube obstruction, reduced drug effectiveness, and an increased risk of toxicity. This article describes the factors to consider before administering a drug through a feeding tube, examines the gap between recommended and common practice, and discusses what the most recent guidelines recommend and why.
Learn what factors to consider before administering a drug through a feeding tube, and see what the most recent guidelines recommend and why.
Joseph I. Boullata is an associate professor of pharmacology and therapeutics in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and a pharmacy specialist in nutrition support at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia.
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