Tube Feeding and Intravenous Nutrition

Feeding the food through the gastrointestinal tract into the stomach to provide required calorie intake is known as enteral nutrition. On the other hand parenteral nutrition refers to the injecting of nutrients and calories directly into the veins. Parenteral nutrition is bit risky as compared to the enteral nutrition due to the sensitivity of veins. It may disturb the biochemistry and may cause blood infections. Enteral nutrition is easier, cheaper and less complicated compared to the parenteral nutrition. The choice of providing enteral nutrition or parenteral nutrition depends on the health condition of individual. In both the types of feedings/injecting’s the delivery rate should be maintained, the fast delivery rate can create some serious problems.

  • Catheters
  • Type of food/nutrition
  • Nutrition according to the medical condition
  • Home parenteral nutrition