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Which nursing action is essential when providing continuous enteral feeding?



A. Elevating the head of the bed
B. Positioning the client on his left side
C. Warming the formula before administering it
D. Adding methylene blue to the enteral feeding to detect aspiration

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M. Klose

M. Klose, Content Writer, Oakland

Answered Jul 03, 2018

Nearly all medical professionals advise that raising the head is the best way when it comes to enteral feeding. The reason for this is that it is the best way to have a straight and unobstructed path through the gastrointestinal tract. There are times where a patients body must be manuvered so that straight tract can be made. Either way it should not be a very major adjustment when it comes to most patients especially in places where the patient is stable and even in hospitals and nursing homes.

It is always most important to keep the head elevated because that is the easiest way to have it positioned and makes it the most easiest when comes to feeding. Having a person on their side would make it almost impossible to be able to feed at it go straight down the gastrointestinal tract. It is basic physical laws as to why the best way for enteral feeding is to have have the head raised and titled slightly back.

 

h.Jennifer

H.Jennifer

Answered Apr 23, 2018

Elevating the head of the bed-rationale: elevating the head of the bed amid enteral bolstering limits the danger of desire and enables the recipe to stream into the customers digestion tracts. at the point when such rise is contraindicated, the customer ought to be situated on his correct side. the medical attendant should give enteral feedings at room temperature to limit gi trouble. since methylene blue can cause antagonistic impacts, it isn't a suggested enteral nourishing added substance.

Disease Control and Prevention recommends a head-of-bed position hoisted to no less than 30 degrees to lessen chance for goal related pneumonia. Further, a much of the time refered to investigation of goal in mechanically ventilated patients found that goal was altogether more probable when patients were prostrate; be that as it may, it likewise happened when they were semirecumbent.

Other examiners have discovered that hazard for pneumonia is expanded by a low backrest lifted position. Specialists have demonstrated that composed therapeutic requests for head-of-bed height are useful in urging staff to keep up the proper backrest rise. There is far reaching understanding that a lifted head-of-bed position is useful in decreasing yearning and pneumonia.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

Elevating the head of the bed-rationale: elevating the head of the bed during enteral feeding minimizes the risk of aspiration and allows the formula to flow into the clients intestines. when such elevation is contraindicated, the client should be positioned on his right side. the nurse should give enteral feedings at room temperature to minimize gi distress. because methylene blue can cause adverse effects, it isnt a recommended enteral feeding additive.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: safety and infection controlcognitive level: applicationreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 1452.
 

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