Information Resource on Administration of drugs via enteral feeding tubes aims to reduce risk to Patients.

In 2002 the BPNG led a BAPEN (British Association for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition) project to develop support materials to encourage safe practice for administration of drug via enteral feeding tubes.

Enteral feeding tubes are increasingly used to administer drugs both in clinical and community environments yet no approved training programmes or national guidelines exist in the majority of health authorities. Legal, ethical, pharmaceutical and practical issues surrounding the administration of drugs via enteral feeding tubes have implications for health authorities and for all members of the health care team.

David Cousins, Head of Safe Medicine Practice for the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), said: "The NPSA welcomes this resource because it brings together information concerning the appropriate use of enteral feeding equipment and techniques in a concise way, and is tailored to the needs of the staff who will be using it. By highlighting the risks associated with administering drugs via feeding tubes and providing healthcare staff with the right information at the right time, it should help to ensure safer care for patients receiving this treatment."

Educational sponsorships from Abbot Nutrition, Baxa Ltd, Fresenius-Kabi Ltd, Merck Gastroenterology, Nutricia Clinical Care, Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Tyco Healthcare have enabled these materials to be available to healthcare professionals free of charge until the 1st of July 2004. Copies are obtainable from the BAPEN office or may be downloaded as PDFs from the BAPEN website www.bapen.org.uk.

www.bapen.org.uk/drugs-enteral.htm

Copies obtainable from:
BAPEN
Secure Hold Business Centre
Studley Road
Redditch
Worcershire
B98 7LG
Tel: 01527 457850
Fax: 01527 458718

Next Step:

[Handbook of Drug Administration via Enteral Feeding Tubes].

 

 

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