Enteral nutrition is preferred over parenteral nutrition in patients with inadequate oral intake for an extended period of time. Enteral feeding helps preserve the functioning of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. 1 Feeding tubes provide access to the GI tract allowing administration of medication while unable to swallow. Drug therapy is complicated by drug formulation, absorption site, first-pass elimination, as well as the size and placement of the tube.1-3 Medication errors revolving around administration via enteral feeding tubes represent a need for education and implementation of hospital guidelines.
Gomes, PharmD, Jamie M.; Espinosa, PharmD, Gloria M.; Roslund, PharmD, BCPS, Brian P.; and Heil, PharmD, BCPS, Joanne, "What’s your line? Defining pharmacists' role in jejunostomy tube medication administration" (2013). Pharmacy Presentations, Posters, and Grand Rounds. Paper 5.