Academic journal article International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health

Enteral Tube Feeding for Cystic Fibrosis

Academic journal article International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health

Enteral Tube Feeding for Cystic Fibrosis

Article excerpt

Introduction

The purpose of the review was to determine if supplementary enteral tube feeding in patients living with Cystic Fibrosis enhanced their quality of life by improving the individual's nutritional status and respiratory function.

Relevance for nursing

Enteral feeding or tube feeding is a procedure which ensures delivery of nutrition to patients who are unable to meet their body's nutritional requirements.The maintenance and monitoring of enteral tube feeding is a core responsibility for nurses. The literature highlights that for those individuals living with Cystic Fibrosis, the healthier their nutritional and respiratory status is, the more favorable the patient outcome. This review provides information to the clinician regarding the improved health benefits associated with supplementary enteral feeding without considerable adverse effects.

Study characteristics

The review limited itself exclusively to randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared supplemental enteral feeding for one month or longer with no specific intervention in people with cystic fibrosis. There was no age or gender requirement for this review. Confirmation of the disease and individuals recommended for enteral tube feeding were required for inclusion. The primary outcomes of interest within this review were growth and nutritional status, respiratory status and mortality. …

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