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Using Volume-Based Tube Feeding to Increase Nutrient Delivery in Patients on a Rehabilitation Unit

Kinikin, JaNae, MS, RDN1; Phillipp, Rita, BA, BS, RDN2; Altamirano, Christine, MS1

doi: 10.1097/RNJ.0000000000000211
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Purpose The purpose of this study was to determine whether volume-based tube feeding (VBTF) increased nutrient delivery to patients in a rehabilitation unit.

Design A cohort study with a prospective group and a historical control group was used as the study design.

Methods The intervention was VBTF, a change from the standard hourly rate-based enteral nutrition. Data were collected on 70 rehabilitation patients. Data on the control group (n = 35) were collected through retrospective chart review of rate-based tube-fed patients. Data on the VBTF intervention group (n = 35) were collected prospectively after implementation of VBTF in the inpatient medical rehabilitation unit at University of Utah Health.

Findings The results showed patients in the VBTF group received 82% of their prescribed feed whereas rate-based patients received 70%.

Clinical Relevance VBTF appears to increase the amount of nutrition inpatient medical rehabilitation patients receive, which may help with the intensive therapy sessions these patients must undergo.

1 Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

2 University of Utah Health, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Correspondence: Rita Phillipp, University of Utah Health, 50 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84132. E-mail:

Cite this article as: Kinikin, J., Phillipp, R., & Altamirano, C. (2019). Using volume-based tube feeding to increase nutrient delivery in patients on a rehabilitation unit. Rehabilitation Nursing, 00(0), 00–00. doi: 10.1097/rnj. 0000000000000211

© 2019 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
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