9.4.2 Enteral nutrition

Enteral (sip) feeds should only be considered in patients who have one of the specific indications outlined by the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS):

  • Disease-related malnutrition
  • Intractable malabsorption
  • Pre-operative preparation of malnourished patients
  • Dysphagia
  • Proven inflammatory bowel disease
  • Following total gastrectomy
  • Short-bowel syndrome
  • Bowel fistula

Patients not fitting one of the indications above should have their sip feeds reviewed.

All children requiring nutritional support should be referred to a Paediatric Dietitian or Paediatrician for assessment. No adult sip feed should be prescribed for a child weighing less than 30kg without expert advice.

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