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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000361488.45094.28
Feature Articles

Drug Administration Through an Enteral Feeding Tube

Boullata, Joseph I. PharmD, RPh, BCNSP

Continued Education
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Abstract

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.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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