The type and frequency of complications during EN may be related to the formulation and delivery of the diets, as well as the underlying disease. There are three major categories of EN complications: gastrointestinal, mechanical and metabolic. GI complications are undoubtedly the most frequently described. Careful consideration should be given to the use of enteral nutrition therapy, but once implemented, close monitoring of patients is an efficient safeguard against complications and side effects. Similarly to the development of an enteral product formulary, standards of practice for delivery and monitoring of EN should be established and followed by all the staff involved in nutritional therapy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism