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Monitoring Adults on Long Term Home Enteral Nutrition

Niamh Maher, Senior Community Dietitian (Home Enteral Nutrition), HSE Dublin/ North East

Enteral feeding in primary care continues to increase, with patients discharged to home or residential care. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is the commonest method of long term enteral nutrition (Sanders et al., 2001).

Dysphagia associated with head and neck cancer and CVA remain the most common indications for home enteral nutrition (HEN) in adults while the number of dementia patients on HEN is declining (BANS Report, 2010). HEN can allow patients to return to a familiar environment…

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