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Basics of enteral nutrition in adults

By Helen Campbell, Peter Turner and John Sexton

Enteral ingEnteral ing is increasingly common in both primary and secondary care and a variety of products can be prescribed.

Helen Campbell, Peter Turner and John Sexton give an overview of what enteral nutrition involves, the products available and special considerations needed in enterally-fed patients 



With an increasing awareness of the potential morbidity, mortality, and financial burdens associated with malnutrition, enteral and oral sip s are being increasingly used based on a strong evidence and NICE recommendations. A general knowledge of enteral ing is, therefore, of value to pharmacists.

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Concurrent use of s and certain medicines

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Administration of omeprazole MUPS via a PEG tube


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CPD logoHelen Campbell, DipClinPharm, MRPharmS, is senior pharmacist for nutrition and surgical services, and Peter Turner, MSc, RD, is specialist dietitian for nutritional support at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

John Sexton, MSc, MRPharmS, is principal pharmacist lecturer-practitioner at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and Liverpool John Moores University



“” (R White et al, Pharmaceutical Press) is a practical guide to the safe administration of medicines via enteral ing tubes. It includes information on drug therapy review, medication formulation choice and unlicensed medication use as well as guidance on the safe administration of specific drugs and formulations.

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