Enteral feeding is most commonly used for patients suffering from dysphagia or are critically ill. However, there are a large variety of medical reasons that a patient would require nutritional assistance.
Since enteral feeding can be either temporary or permanent, patients treated through the process generally have a broad spectrum of conditions. In addition, many patients who require tube feeding are also independent and capable of navigating their feedings by themselves. Basically, enteral feeding is not just for the extremely sick, many are people with physical disabilities or “invisible” diseases and are completely capable of providing their own assistance.
General list of enteral feeding candidates:
- Critically ill patients
- Post-operative patients
- Patients with intricate medical conditions
- Patients with complicated disabilities
- Patients with dysphagia