Enteral nutrition support frequently requires administration of medications through the same enteral access device. Potential complications of concomitant drug and enteral feeding formulas can include drug-nutrient interactions, decreased drug efficacy, increased adverse effects, and feeding tube occlusion. The American Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) includes a discussion of medication administration in the A.S.P.E.N. Enteral Nutrition Practice Recommendations. The Joint Commission mandates that healthcare professionals recognize the importance of drug-nutrient interactions and educate patients to decrease adverse effects.The teleseminar provides a summary of A.S.P.E.N and Joint Commission recommendations for safe medication utilization in enteral nutrition patients and a comprehensive review of medication issues specifically related to enteral nutrition. Strategies to optimize medication selection, administration, management and minimize complications are discussed..
At the conclusion of this presentation the learner will be able to:
List recommendations by A.S.P.E.N. and the Joint Commission regarding medication administration in enteral nutrition support patients.
Describe various medication issues related to enteral nutrition: - Feeding tube and medication dosage form selection - Drug-nutrient interactions - Drug-induced adverse effects - Feeding tube occlusions
Determine various methods to optimize medication administration and management in enteral patients.
PhD, RN, FAAN, FASPEN,
Senior Director of Clinical Practice, Quality and Advocacy,
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Silver Spring, MD