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Enteral Feeding

Feeding tubes are become more prevalent within health and social care and community care, they are used for adults and children suffering from many different conditions and can be used temporarily whilst they recover from an illness or operation, or long term for those individuals with a condition that is not likely to improve or have a degenerative illness.

It is important to note that whilst Osburn Academy are able to deliver theory based learning we are unable to provide practical assessment and workplace competencies of staff, this must be provided by a suitably qualified person identified as competent to do so by the employer.  Completion of this session does not in any way qualify healthcare assistants to carry out any tube feeding in the workplace but does provide a basis to begin developing knowledge and understanding of individual needs and responsibilities of staff delivering enteral feeding, nutrition and hydration.

This information packed theory session provides a basis of the knowledge and understanding required for enteral feeding, exploring and developing an awareness of the equipment, psychological effects of tube placement, nutritional needs, hydration, medication and oral hygiene to prepare healthcare staff for the responsibilities placed upon them when providing care and support to individuals living with feeding tubes in situ.


Session content

  • Reasons for the use of feeding tubes and conditions requiring tube feeding
  • Types of feeding tubes including PEG, NG, Balloon Gastrostomy, LPGD, PEGJ and
  • PEJ
  • Potential complications and trouble shooting
  • Administering medication via a tube
  • Bolus feeding
  • Pump feeding
  • Feeding plans
  • Nutrition
  • Hydration
  • Indicators of malnutrition or dehydration
  • Stoma care
  • Oral hygiene
  • Infection prevention and control

All learners will receive a certificate of attendance along with an information and reference booklet on completion of the theory session.

Session costs £80 +VAT per person

For further information please call 03332000023




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