Clinical Nutrition in Gastrointestinal Disease

Alan Buchman, MD, MSPH

Chapter 41: Administration Routes For Enteral Nutrition (continued)

Mark H. DeLegge, MD, FACG

Nutritional support of the hospitalized patient is important in improving patient outcome. The past 40 years have shown tremendous improvement in medicine’s ability to deliver nutrition to at risk patients. The use of parenteral nutrition (PN) was introduced in the 1960s and has continued to be an important tool for the nutrition support of patients with gastrointestinal (GI) impairment. Advances in the development of specialized enteral nutrition (EN) feeding solutions has created interest in the development of disease-specific nutrition management.1 The use of EN is preferred to PN…